On Friday July 28, the Elkhart Historical Society will offer a special dinner lecture featuring Rev. Dr. Malcolm Shotwell who will present, "Our Neighbors, the Lincolns: A Clergyman Remember". This captivating portrayal of Rev. Dr. Noyes W. Miner, will be presented as a dramatic monologue in the beautiful setting of the Gillett Chapel on Elkhart Hill, followed by dinner in the village at the Wild Hare Café in the Horsefeathers shop. Please note the 1890's Chapel has no bathroom facilities.
The depiction takes place in 1874 when Rev. Dr. Miner, then living in Wisconsin had returned to Springfield for the unveiling of Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. As he was a neighbor and close friend, his insights and knowledge of the Lincolns is fascinating. The Rev. Dr. Miner was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Springfield (Now Central Baptist) from 1855-1869, and the interpretation includes his thoughts on the Lincoln Douglas debate, a visit to the Lincolns in Washington and more.
The dinner entrées offered are: Beef Bourguignon or Coq Au Vin, both served with herbed mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots and freshly baked rolls/butter and dessert. The cost for the evening is $40 per person which includes $10 for the Elkhart Historical Society. Reservations are required, please call 217 947 2238 as space is limited, and then go the website www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org to download the reservation form to include with your check. Forms may also be obtained and reservations made at Horsefeathers or the Country Bumpkin