Bryant Cottage to host events commemorating end of Civil War, Lincoln's death

BEMENT - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency officials say the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site will commemorate the Civil War's end, as well as Abraham Lincoln's death, during the month of April.

Officials say on April 9, at about 2:15 p.m., the historic site will lead schoolchildren in ringing bells to mark the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender in the Civil War.  At the same time, individuals across the country will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the Civil War.

On April 18, the historic site will also hold a memorial for Abraham Lincoln at the Bement United Methodist Church.  The free event, which begins at 2:00 p.m., will feature music from Lincoln's funeral and excerpts from his eulogies.  A historic interpreter will be in attendance, portraying someone who was at Ford's Theatre when Lincoln was shot.
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