Naugatuck’s Lewis Dube will play the part of Abraham Lincoln on February 10th 

   Enjoy a fun and educational evening of dining that will recreate the famous 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8:30 PM at Three Rivers Community College .  Presenters, Lewis Dube and Luke Boyd will encapsulate the series of seven debates, held in various towns in Illinois one year before the future president would campaign in Norwich , CT.   The debates centered around the issue of slavery and the rights of states and communities to control or eliminate it.  The Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration Committee and Three Rivers Community College have teamed up with CorePlus Federal Credit Union, the Norwich Noon Time Rotary Club and the Norwich Historical Society to host this remarkable event at a very affordable price.

   Tickets for the event which will include a pasta and salad dinner are $10, $5 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at the City Historians office, 307 Main Street in Norwich , the City Manager’s office on the 2nd floor of City Hall, or by calling, 860-859-5349.   Children under 5 are admitted free.  This memorable event will take place in the multipurpose room at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, in Norwich , CT.

   The informative and enriching evening doesn’t stop there.  After dinner, take in a debate between current Norwich area high school students on the subject of, “states’ rights”, an issue as relevant in political conversations today as it was a century and a half ago.  Finally, Lewis Dube and Luke Boyd will join the students on stage to field questions from the audience about their studies of the Civil War era and the affect it continues to have on our nation today.

   Lewis Dube has studied at Yale University ’s School of Drama and is a nationally renowned portrayer of Abraham Lincoln. He has brought the 16th President to life for thousands of Americans at venues across the country, including appearances at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, and at the Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson libraries. Mr. Dube has also appeared in his role as  Lincoln  on ABC, CBS, The History Channel, Fox, and CPTV. He has performed in Norwich numerous times since 2000, most recently at the unveiling of the Abraham Lincoln portrait in July, 2011.

   Luke Boyd is an actor-historian from Waterbury , Connecticut . Stephen Douglas is just one of the personalities of the past he has brought to life: others include Robert E. Lee, Elihu Burritt, and Nathan Hale.  A graduate student of Public History at Central Connecticut State University , Luke’s research interests include living history and museum studies.  In 2011, Boyd served as an intern at Minute Man National Park in Concord , Massachusetts , specializing in black powder musket demonstrations.  His writing has been published in Connecticut History, and has curated exhibits at the Connecticut Historical Society and CCSU.  He works as an interpreter at the Nathan Hale Homestead, The Mark Twain House and Museum and the West Hartford Historical Society.

   The Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration Committee is planning a series of events leading up to and including Norwich ’s city-wide remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the signing of that great document on January 1, 2013.  In re creating the city’s 1863 celebration, said to have been the biggest in Connecticut , the committee plans an hour long ringing of all the city’s bells and a one hundred round cannon salute on the big day.  On June 15 and 16, 2012, the Verdin Company of Cincinnati will bring the world’s only mobile bell foundry to Howard Brown Park for the casting of the first bell made to honor the Emancipation Proclamation.  The bell tower, designed by Barun Basu Associates of New London will be erected in a special memorial courtyard next to City Hall.  The EPCC is relying entirely on private, tax deductible donations to raise the estimated $300.000 for the grand commemoration.  For more information, visit: