In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln — who signed the Pacific Railroad Act more than 150 years ago — will be roaming throughout the Railroad Museum providing guests with thoughtful dialogue and his unique historical perspective about the exhibits and offerings at North America’s most popular railroad museum.
For instance, Lincoln will certainly share his insights about the new 150th anniversary of State Parks exhibit as he was the one who signed the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove and ceding them to the State of California as the nation’s first State Park (although it is now a national park).
Also a lifelong and ardent supporter of the railroad, President Lincoln will also deliver two entertaining and history-rich presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for museum guests interested in learning more about the issues of the day and the compelling series of events that led to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the nation’s most ambitious civil engineering feat up to that point.
Cost is free with museum admission of $10 for adults, $5 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children ages 5 and under.
For more information about the “Lincoln Living History Day” or the Railroad Museum in general call 916-445-6645 or visit csrmf.org.
Operated by California State Parks with financial assistance from the non-profit California State Railroad Museum Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Widely regarded as North America’s finest and most popular railroad museum, the complex of facilities includes the 100,000-square foot Railroad History Museum plus the reconstructed Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station and Freight Depot, 1849 Eagle Theatre, and Big Four and Dingley Spice Mill commercial buildings in Old Sacramento.