2nd Annual Abraham Lincoln Bowl at Eureka College to Feature Civil War-Era Activities, Impersonators
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00
EUREKA – A Civil War-era band, a Lincoln impersonator and a Union Army surgeon impersonator all will be part of the 2nd annual Abraham Lincoln Bowl football game Sept. 7 at Eureka College. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. on the lawn of Reagan Physical Education Center and McKinzie Field, both on Reagan Drive. Activities are free and open to the public.
The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band, “Lincoln’s Own,” will play music from the 1860s. Before the football game, the band will play the 1860s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which became the national anthem in 1931. The regiment also will provide the color guard for the football game.
Fritz Klein of Springfield will portray Abraham Lincoln. Klein has performed as Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, in 38 states and on television, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel.
Ron Kirchgessner of Peoria will portray Union Army surgeon Richard Conover of Eureka, who was a member of the 108th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Kirchgessner will display medical instruments and explain the techniques used to treat the wounded during the Civil War.
Eureka College and Knox College football squads will square off at 1 PM. Admission is $5.00.
The competition recognizes the shared importance in American history of the two liberal arts colleges that were founded by abolitionists. In 1856, Lincoln spoke on behalf of the first Republican presidential candidate, John Charles Fremont, at Eureka College. In 1858, Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas at Knox College for a U.S. Senate seat.
Eureka won the inaugural Lincoln Bowl last year, a 62-55 victory over the Prairie Fire on Sept. 1 at Knox. Eureka quarterback Sam Durley threw for 736 yards to break the NCAA single-game passing record. Eureka took possession of the trophy, a bronze bust of young Lincoln, donated to the two colleges by former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar.
“As host of the 2nd annual Abraham Lincoln Bowl, Eureka College is eager to reciprocate the superb hospitality of President Amott and her staff at last year’s inaugural event at Knox College,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “Last year’s contest was among the most exciting back-and-forth offensive battles on the gridiron that I have ever witnessed. Whatever the outcome of the game this year, Eureka is delighted to continue this new tradition with Knox – two schools that value the liberal arts and emphasize the academics-first principle of the Division III athletics.”
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