MOUNT VERNON — In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring “a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise,” making it an official national holiday to be observed annually. The proclamation came after a 36-year campaign started by a woman who became known as the “mother” or “godmother” of Thanksgiving, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale — a magazine editor and writer who also wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

As an early Thanksgiving present, the Chautauqua Series is proud to present President Abraham Lincoln as the special guest of honor Thursday at the Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, in downtown Mount Vernon.

Portraying President Lincoln will be Robert Brugler, who seems almost more comfortable portraying the President than portraying Robert Brugler.

Opening the program will be the music of FolkTails, bringing alive the music of the 1800s in their own unique way.

The program is available on a donation basis and the theater room is easily accessible to those with special needs. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. Immediately after President Lincoln’s program is completed, he will take questions from the audience.

For more information on this and upcoming programs in the Chautauqua Series visit or call 740-392-6102 or 740-392-3018.

Mark your calendars for the annual Foodstock concert to benefit the Food For The Hungry campaign. The donation based event will be held at the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will feature a musical tribute to Tom Petty and friends.



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