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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Abe Lincoln impersonator speaks at SJ Little Historical Church

  •     The long standing fascination, respect and interest in our sixteenth President was confirmed when approximately 60 people attended a historical interpretation of  Abe Lincoln’s land and legacy  that was presented at the  Little Historical Church in St. James on Sunday afternoon.  


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  •     The long standing fascination, respect and interest in our sixteenth President was confirmed when approximately 60 people attended a historical interpretation of  Abe Lincoln’s land and legacy  that was presented at the  Little Historical Church in St. James on Sunday afternoon.
        Historical interpreter Bryce O. Stenzel portrayed Lincoln in period costume - stove pipe hat and all. 
        Stenzel, from St. Claire, has been portraying Lincoln for 23 years.  Stenzel developed his own first-person, living history portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, which he entitled: “Lincoln Lives!” He has spoken to audiences throughout the country, traveling as far away as New Mexico.
        The presentation was sponsored by the Historical Society, the Tuesday Study Club and the Citizenship Club. 
        Stenzel was speaking in the character of ‘Honest Abe’ about Lincoln’s land and legacy.  It was a presentation on the states and places where Lincoln lived. 
        Stenzel has written a play that will be preformed in Mankato later this month. The play titled, "...We Cannot Escape History...", covers Lincoln’s actions surrounding the Dakota, Native American  uprising.
        The website, Lincoln’s Traveling Troupe, summarizes the play, “The year 1862 was the most trying year of Lincoln’s presidency...
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