Program honors Nancy Hanks Lincoln

LINCOLN CITY — This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. She died Oct. 5, 1818, when her two children, Sarah and Abraham, were just 11 and 9 years old, respectively. Born in 1784, Nancy Hanks Lincoln was only 35 years old when she died of what the pioneers called “milk sickness.”

At 2 p.m. CT Saturday, Oct. 6, interpreters at Lincoln Boyhood will present a different kind of program at the Lincoln Living Historical Farm to honor Nancy Hanks Lincoln. As part of the park’s continuing effort to portray various aspects of frontier life, this program will explain how the pioneers faced death. Pioneers lived with death on a much more intimate level than people do today; how they coped with it, and how it affected their lives, is an important part of their story.

The program will consist of a uniformed park ranger acting as a guide and costumed interpreters portraying the experience of pioneers faced with the death of one of their own. Through the use of historical commentary and a sensitive recreation of the experience, the program is intended to provoke a deeper understanding of how the pioneers dealt with death and to lead to a better appreciation for how they lived their lives.

To attend the event, visitors should meet the park ranger at the farm parking area on County Road 300E.

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