Calendar of Homer’s Celebration of
Lincoln in Paint & Print”
- Wednesday, May 13th – (7:30 PM) Kick-off event in the evening at Center for
the Arts, featuring Kim Hubbard on Abolitionism and Musical Entertainers. No Fee.
- Wednesday, May 13th- Sunday May 17 - History Center in the Homer Key Bank
building on Main Street will be open from 10 AM - 4 PM. Interesting exhibits, a
Carpenter portrait, and info on the Celebration events and Homeville Museum Civil
War artifacts on display at the new facility at the Living History Museum complex
on Homer-Cortland Road. No Fee.
- Thursday, May 14th-Saturday May 16th - Phillips Free Library to exhibit its
Carpenter portraits during regular library hours.
- Thursday May 14th – Sunday May 17th: Starting at 1 PM, afternoon tours of the
historic Keator Opera House at the Barber Block, sponsored by Main Street
Antiques, Downtown Homer.
- May 9th - July 4th - The Center for the Arts hosts an exhibit of artifacts and
Carpenter portraits owned by the Homer Central School District and other
institutions and individuals, along with a smaller reproduction of the Emancipation
Proclamation painting provided by the U.S. Senate. Gallery Hours: noon to 5 PM on
M,T,W,F and noon to 6 PM on Thursdays. Donations are Welcomed.
- Thursday, May 14th - (7:30 PM) Homer's Center for the Arts hosts the
presentation of "Freedom," an engaging one-act play written by local playwright
William Allen. This will be followed by Americas foremost Lincoln impersonator,
Mr. James Getty of Gettysburg PA.
- Friday, May 15th – (9 AM- 4 PM) Annual Sgt. Kenneth Eaton Memorial Living
History Day on the grounds of the Living History Complex, south of the village of
Homer. Featuring an Artillery firing by teenage members of the nationally known
Living History Club dressed in Civil War regimental attire. A memorial ceremony
begins at 9AM.
- Friday, May 15th – (5 PM - 7 PM) Old Fashioned Pork dinner at the Homer
Congregational Church on the Green.
- Friday, May 15th – (7 PM- 8 PM) The Bonne Auditorium of the Homer
Intermediate School hosts an evening Recognition of William Osborn Stoddard and
his Descendants. Nationally recognized Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer will give a
lecture on William Stoddard, his connection to Lincoln, and his literary contribution
to our current understanding of "Lincoln The Man.” To be followed by the Homer
Education Foundations book signing by Holzer and Stoddard's grand-daughter,
Eleanor, from 8:15 to 9:15 pm. No Fee Reserve a Seat
- Friday, May 15th -- (5:30 PM- 8 PM) Fish Fry at the Homer Elks
- Friday, May 15th – Candlelit homes and businesses in the Village.
- Saturday, May 16th – (9 AM) A commemorative parade with the Excelsior
Cornet Band from Warren Street to the Glenwood cemetery for a brief ceremony
and wreath laying ceremony on the final resting place of Francis Bicknell Carpenter.
The wreath laying ceremony will be done by the Village of Homer Mayor with a
similar wreath placed at the same time on the site of William Osborn Stoddard’s
grave in Madison, NJ.
- Saturday, May 16th – (2PM-3PM) The Bonne Auditorium hosts a recognition of
Carpenter and his descendants. “Francis B. Carpenter, His Interactions With
Lincoln, And His Artistic Contributions To Our Understanding Of Lincoln The
Man”, a lecture by Harold Holzer. A book signing by Holzer will follow from 3:15
to 4:15pm. Reserve a Seat
- Saturday, May 16th – (2PM-4PM) Complimentary Civil War era Victorian Tea
featuring a variety of hot teas and a plethora of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln’s
favorite culinary delectable’s and tasty finger foods and sandwiches. This lovely
celebration of Lincoln’s life will be held at the warm and gracious Elizabeth
Brewster House, located in the historic Village of Homer, New York. A mid-19th
Century Intaglio print by master artist extraordinaire Julian Depre’ will be on exhibit
in the Administrator’s office. The American Association of University Women, co-
sponsoring the event with Elizabeth Brewster House, will be available for an
informal discussion pertaining to the rights of women and related topics during this
period of American culture.. No Fee
- Saturday, May 16th - ( 2 PM) Concert on the Green with the Excelsior Cornet
- Saturday, May 16th – (4PM- ?) Pulled pork dinner with all the fixin’s (sit-down
or take-out) prepared by Homer Fire Department at the Community Building.
- Saturday, May 16th – Civil War re-enactors encampment on the Homer Green,
with candlelit homes and businesses in the Village.
- Sunday, May 17th- ( 11 AM- Noon) Civil War era church service at the Homer
Congregational Church on the green honoring William Wallace Carpenter, Francis B
Carpenter’s brother who died from wounds suffered at Gettysburg Pa. This
includes an Exhibit of the portraits of William Wallace Carpenter and Henrietta
Carpenter his sister.
- Sunday, May 17th- ( 1PM ) On the Village Bandstand: A Reading of the Gettysburg
address, portion of the Emancipation Proclamation, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural
address by descendants of Stoddard and Carpenter.
- Sunday, May 17th- ( 2:30 PM) Book Talk and signing at the Phillips Free Library
with Jason Emerson of Cazenovia, Author of " The Madness of Mary Lincoln" and "
Lincoln the Inventor". No Fee