Park It


The family and I attended a lovely little festival, The Big Spring Festival, in the park near our house yesterday. The air was a little chilly, but we had a really good time. They had a ton activities for kids, including decorating a little flower pot and free face painting. My daughter had her face painted like a cat, and she was floating the rest of the day.

The baby had a good time too, I think. Well he mostly slept in the “Baby Bjorn” carrier my wife was wearing, but what else is a two month old gonna do?

The photo above is of the sign in the “sculpture garden” at the park. The sculpture is a copy of a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln (his head at least) created by Bellefonte born George Grey Barnard. For some reason, I visit this sculpture every time we go to the park. Not really sure why. I just find it interesting that there’s a giant sculpture of President Lincoln’s head in our park.

Here’s a photo I took of the sculpture yesterday. Notice the birds have not been kind to him.

Just found a photograph on wikipedia of the full original sculpture of Abraham Lincoln.

On an unrelated note, remember that writing contest thingy I won a few weeks ago in which I was published in the local newspaper? Well, they published chapter three yesterday. I think the guy did a good job, although I’m a little disappointed he didn’t pick up on the magical hints I planted about the cat.

Happy Monday and let’s hope for a Penguins win tonight!

RIP President Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln died on this day a long long time ago (144 years). I have been thinking about Lincoln a lot lately as I’ve recently been reading a book about his life I downloaded from Google Books.

Anyhow, this is the book I read by the light of the nightlight when my wife is feeding the baby in the middle of the night. I find if I don’t read I wind up falling asleep, and that is no good because my snoring tends to wake up the baby!

I was doing some cruising at Wikipedia and came across the above photograph. I find these old photographs fascinating. This one is of President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general’s tent I believe at Antietam. We normally see Lincoln on our money, so it is very surreal to see him in an outdoor setting, sitting and talking with somebody. It’s surreal to me at least.

Robbing Lincoln’s Grave?

Did you know that there have been attempts at stealing Abraham Lincoln’s body? Well, I didn’t until last night.

It turns out there were several attempts to steal Lincoln’s body, the first happening in 1876, eleven years after he died. I found this all out while watching the History Channel last night. The program was titled Stealing Lincoln’s Body. Here’s a description of the show, straight from the History Channel website (I figure they can explain their show better than me):

Before Lincoln finally came to rest in a steel-and-concrete-reinforced underground vault in Springfield, the president’s body was repeatedly exhumed and moved, his coffin frequently opened. In 1876, eleven years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, a band of Chicago counterfeiters plotted to steal Lincoln’s body and hold it for ransom. Their plan was to demand $200,000 and the release of the gang’s master engraver, who was in prison in Illinois. The Secret Service–recently formed to deal with the country’s ballooning counterfeiting problem–infiltrated the gang with an informer. It also set in motion a cringe-inducing chain of events in which a group of well-intentioned, self-appointed guardians took it upon themselves to protect Lincoln’s remains by any means necessary. This strange story of Lincoln at un-rest reveals how important this man was to so many, and our reluctance to let such a beloved and visionary leader go.

It was a very interesting show. It’s funny, I really wasn’t that into History in school. However, the older I get the more I get into history. Here I am, again with the “get off my lawn”. 🙂

Anyhow, I was cruising around the web this morning looking for more information. I found two very interesting articles from the New York Times from that era.

I love the title of this first one: MR. LINCOLN’S TOMB.; THE DASTARDLY ATTEMPT TO DESPOIL IT– THE ROBBERS INTERRUPTED BY ACCIDENT. First of all, I’m a huge fan of the word dastardly. Secondly, the rest of the article is just as over-the-top as the headline suggests. Good times.

The second article is about the arrest of the would-be-grave-robbers: ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S TOMB.; ARREST OF TWO MEN IN CHICAGO WHY THE ATTEMPT AT ROBBERY WAS MADE.

The craziest thing about the whole mess was the guys only got a year in prison. It turns out there was no law against grave robbing at the time, or at least not in Chicago.

Anyhow, I found the whole debacle fascinating. Just thought I’d share.