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NY and the Lincoln Specials: Lincoln’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 2:00 PM – Admission $10.00, Members Free

New York and the Lincoln Specials: The President’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State

Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of dramatic railroad trips through the state of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour—his second ended with a funeral train. Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State. These two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the great president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route. Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs and diaries, Joe Collea’s Program (and book) brings to life the two epic and unique moments in both New York’s and the nation’s history.


Presenter: Joe D. Collea, Jr.

After 47 years in public education as a teacher and administrator, Joe Collea recently retired. He now devotes his time to research, related-travel, and writing. His first two books—The First Vermont Cavalry in the Civil War, A History and New York and the Lincoln Specials: The President’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Cross the Empire State—were published by McFarland. He is currently finishing two other manuscripts: one is about George Custer and the 1st Vermont Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864-1865; and the other is a history of his hometown of Ilion, New York, where he served as a village trustee and then mayor. He also has several magazine articles to his credit, two of which have appeared in New York Archives magazine.

Joe was a graduate of Ilion Junior-Senior High School—where he eventually became the principal–has three degrees from SUNY Albany, and did post-graduate work under a Fulbright Scholarship at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and through a graduate scholarship at Syracuse University.

He currently shuttles his time among residences in Ilion and Scotia, New York, and Cape Coral, Florida.

Lincoln Depot Museum Included in Special MTA Group Travel Brochure

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

When the MTA Metro-North Railroad decided to produce a new advertising brochure to highlight their Group Travel Program they needed to determine locations to feature in the brochure. After making a special visit to the Lincoln Depot Museum this past spring, they knew the museum was an obvious choice.

The criteria was simple. The location needed to be within a close proximity to one of their stations and it had to be a unique and quality attraction. The Lincoln Depot Museum satisfied both criteria and had the added benefit of being next to quality restaurants and the beautiful Peekskill Riverfront Green. Groups travelling to the museum could plan an entire day around the area.

The Lincoln Depot Museum thanks the MTA for including us in the brochure and recognizing the museum as a “Fun & Exciting Destination.” We look forward to welcoming those groups taking advantage of the MTA Group Travel rates. Private group tours of the museum can be scheduled throughout the week and all year round.