Presidents’ Day birthday bash offers fun for families, Feb. 21

Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, study an album of Mathew Brady photographs. Taken February 9, 1864 and retouched by Anthony Berger, this popular image was widely reproduced. One of several presidential images in the Whaling Museum’s collection, it is the only close-up portrait of Lincoln wearing his spectacles.

Honest Abe returns to New Bedford for the first time since 1848 to talk with children and cut his birthday cake at the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Presidents’ Day Celebration on Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be activities for the entire family. Admission to the museum is free for this event.

Come explore how the Founding Fathers influenced New Bedford history, participate in a scavenger hunt, and create sailors’ valentines, flags, and more. Children will have the opportunity to dress as their favorite president and have their photograph taken beside the famous Resolute desk, created from the same ship’s timbers as the one used in the Oval Office. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule of activities:

10am-1pm: Arts & Crafts – make a sailors’ valentine, build your own Lincoln cabin and more; 10:30-2pm: President Abraham Lincoln visits; 11-11:30am: Storytelling; 11:30-12:30pm: Scavenger hunt with prizes; 12-1pm: Photo opportunity with the Resolute desk, complete with choice of powdered wig or Lincoln beard and stovepipe hat; 1:30-2pm: Happy Birthday sing-along with presidential birthday cake.

Free admission to the Whaling Museum for New Bedford residents through April 30, 2011 is sponsored in part by Bank of America.

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