Meet President Abraham Lincoln at Lunch With Books

In September 1862, following the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in territory still in rebellion on Jan. 1, 1863, would be declared forever free. A constitutional amendment, however, was necessary to ensure the end of slavery. Lincoln’s victory in the 1864 presidential election set in motion the events leading to ratification of the amendment. The House passed the measure in January of 1865 and it was sent to the states for ratification. The newly formed state of West Virginia ratified the 13th Amendment Feb. 3, 1865, just four days after Congress proposed it.

The full ratification of the amendment, which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” was completed on Dec. 6, 1865, eight months after the assassination of Lincoln.

Meet the man who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln himself, as portrayed by Presidential Living Historian John W. King, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Tuesday, February 20 at noon.

A full-sized, first-person portrayer of Lincoln at 6 feet 4 inches, John W. King has been telling the story of our 16th President for the past 30 years. A retired teacher from northeastern Ohio, King educates his audiences by bringing Mr. Lincoln to life for school students, historical groups, civic groups, churches, Civil War rededications, festivals, parades, and more. He is a Lifetime Member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and was voted “Most Genuine-Looking Lincoln” at the 2013 Lincoln Look-Alike Contest, Shriver House Museum, Gettysburg, PA.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

U.S. Presidents Topic at Moundsville Library

Presidents’ Day at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will feature the program “Behind the Scenes at the White House: Little Known Stories of American Presidents.” At 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson will present some fascinating historical nuggets on the famous past occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This free program is aimed at adults and older students and is open to the public.

“Behind the Scenes at the White House” offers a tantalizing selection of unusual facts and anecdotes about past presidents of the United States and their families, accompanied by a slide show.

Finstein and Hendrickson are familiar figures on the local history landscape — well-known for their research, writing, activism and artful presenting on history and preservation topics. The history of the Wheeling and Ohio Valley area is the focus of most of their programs and appearances, but they also venture into a wide range of subjects that unveil intriguing people, places, events and social customs beyond just the tri-state region. They are co-authors of the local history book “Walking Pleasant Valley.”

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Robert Baker Family. Light refreshments will be available. The public is also welcome to attend the meeting of the Marshall County Historical Society that will follow this program. The Moundsville Library is located at 5th and Tomlinson in Moundsville.

For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.

Comedy Nights This Weekend

A comedy show will be held Friday night at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main Street, Wheeling to benefit the St. John Center Athletic Department. Dan Nemeth, above right, is the feature, and Mike Conley, above left, is the headliner. Showtime is 8 p.m. On Saturday night, a comedy show will take place at the Speilers Club in Proctor, W.Va. Nemeth is the

feature and Tyrone Davis, at left,

is the headliner. Showtime is 9 p.m. For tickets and reservations, call 304-455-9715.