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President Abraham Lincoln is coming to the Peninsula Library!
Lincoln Presenter Gerald Payn will bring the former president back to life at the Peninsula Library on July 12. Sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Round Table, the 7:30 p.m. event is free and the public welcome.
A retired science teacher and guidance counselor, Payne has been “presenting” Lincoln since 1999 and averages around 75 performances per year. He’s been seen at Hale Farm’s Civil Reenactment, River Day in Munroe Falls and Mansfield, Ohio’s Civil War Artillery Show.
The late Jim Getty, a famous Gettysburg Lincoln reenactor, inspired Payn to do his own Lincoln. At 6 feet, 4 inches, Payn describes himself as a “full-height” presenter and is one of 125 members of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters.
“Union” blood flows through Payn. He’s the great-grandson of Private William Wallace Baldwin who served in Company G, 157th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He’s a member of Given Camp, No. 51, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Payn also serves as the coordinator (program director) of the Wayne County Civil War Roundtable.