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Enjoy ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln’ with Christian Johnson at Trailside, Feb. 17

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a special program at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside to celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend. “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln,” a dramatization and lecture, will be presented on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. for adults, 18 and older. This hour-long program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.   Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as space permits.

“We are pleased to offer such premier talent for this dramatic portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, as part of the 2012 Winter Adult Program Series at Trailside,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We hope that many people will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy an engaging and enlightening historical presentation.”

Christian Johnson, a dramatist with the American Historical Theater since 1989, portrays Lincoln with impressive resonance, giving insight into his strength of character. Mr. Johnson is a natural showman who trained as an actor with the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse of New York. In 2008, he was chosen to portray Abraham Lincoln in Paris for the United Nations (UNESCO).  Mr. Johnson is in great demand for events that combine entertainment and education. He is a favorite performer at venues that include the White House Visitors Center, Independence Hall, National Archives, Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, was a revered leader and team builder, who created a cabinet of rivals and then tested them. Christian Johnson will bring the depth of Lincoln’s character to light during this fascinating program.

For additional information about the lecture/dramatization: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, or other adult programs or upcoming events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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