The dedication ceremony anchors a day of celebration and family fun that includes music, activities, period demonstrations and the world premiere of "Lincoln," the new theatrical experience.
The public is welcome to attend the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza dedication ceremony, set to start at 10:30 a.m., CDT. Admission to the state park is free before the start of the event.
At the ceremony, visitors will enjoy Civil War-era music by a brass quintet from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance by the Evansville Children's Choir, President Lincoln's second inaugural performed by "Lincoln" cast members, and remarks from Secretary of State Todd Rokita and the artist and designer who created the work of art.
Food and drinks will be available at the plaza site. Parking will be available as well in adjacent parking areas with van and bus transportation for those who have difficulty walking. Seating will be limited for the dedication and unveiling ceremony, so spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Tickets for the new "Lincoln" theatrical experience include an Amish family-style meal, children's pioneer games, artisan demonstrations, the Lincoln exhibit, and free unlimited soft drinks and popcorn during intermission. Meals will be served, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CDT, and the sow begins at 7:30 p.m.
Presidential Section ticket prices are $42.95 for adults, $40.95 for seniors, $38.95 for ages 7-21, and free for children 6-under. RailSplitter section ticket prices are $39.95 for adults, $37.95 for seniors and $35.95 for those ages 7-21. Visit www.LincolnAmphitheatre.com for more information.
The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Pioneer Living Farm will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in the national park. Admission to the national memorial is $5 per vehicle.
Fort Wayne sculptor Will Clarke and George Morrison of the Fort Wayne architectural firm Morrison Kattman Menza, created the plaza design.
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza consists of a large, bisected circular plaza. Visitors will first enter an area punctuated with limestone pedestals and interpretive signs signifying key milestones in Lincoln's formative Indiana years between ages 7-21.
A central half-circle reminds visitors of young Lincoln's growth from a boy to a man. Visitors can move freely between the pedestals. The second semicircle provides a more intimate space for reflecting. It will contain a twice-life-size bronze bust of Lincoln, accompanied by some of his quotes.
The site is located near the entrance to Lincoln State Park, on a knoll known as Oak Grove surrounded by woods.
The 1,847-acre Lincoln State Park in Spencer County was created in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The park also includes the historic home of Col. William Jones (Lincoln's merchant employer), hiking trails and two scenic lakes. Visitors can explore Sarah Lincoln Woods Nature Preserve, named after Lincoln's sister, who is buried in Little Pigeon Cemetery, located inside the park.