Lawn Party at Lincoln Depot Features Grammy Winning Artists


Peekskill’s Lincoln Society, one of the oldest Lincoln groups in the US, is hosting an outdoor fundraiser on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. The highlight of the night will be a performance by Jay Unger and Molly Mason, who wrote and performed “Ashokan Farewell”, the theme song for the Ken Burns PBS-TV series on the Civil War. The duo have previously performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. The outdoor tented and catered event will be held on the grounds of the Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 South Water Street. 

Founded in 1903, the Peekskill Lincoln Society was created to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s only speaking event in Westchester County when he addressed a large crowd of 1,500 people gathered at the old Peekskill railroad depot during the train journey to his Inauguration in 1861. The organization is a non-partisan and not-for-profit historical society that is dedicated to promoting a greater awareness of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The co-presidents of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill for 2021-2022 are: Robert McFarlane of Scarsdale and Cathy Pisani of Peekskill.

The Lincoln Depot Museum unveiled an impressive statue of “Lincoln in Peekskill” by famed sculptor Richard Masloski in 2007 and officially opened in 2014 as a museum and historic site.

 The all-inclusive ticket price of $65 includes: assorted hors d’oeuvres, variety wine tasting, a section of popular beers, coffee & dessert, and free admission to the Lincoln Depot Museum. Garden party attire is suggested; uniforms and period dress are welcome. Attendees will enjoy an evening of history, music, and entertainment, a photo opportunity with “President Lincoln”, and a chance to stand where Lincoln stood when he visited Westchester County 161 years ago. Other entertainment will include Emily Lapisardi, professional musician, author, and Civil War-era re-enactor, and Alyssa Martin, a gifted local singer and performer.

Tickets can be purchased on the website of the Lincoln Society: