[April 30, 2014]
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In the afternoon,
guests at the museum were treated to Lincoln-era music through the
interpretive performances of Allen Mendez and Jeff Arbisi.
Mendez played the
role of Capt. Alexander Raffen, a young man raised in a wealthy family
in Quincy. He was a third-generation banjo player. He became a field commander for the 16th Illinois Infantry, which is
where he met John T. Palmer (played by Arbisi), who was also from
Palmer's parents died
while he was serving in the infantry, and he chose not to return to
his hometown after his discharge. He and his now fast
friend Mendez became traveling minstrels.
the pair performed for a large group on the ground floor of the
Lincoln Heritage Museum. Present for their performance were
portrayers of President and Mrs. Lincoln. Lincoln was a lover of music and
enjoyed hearing the banjo and fife performance. However, the
day was growing long for the couple, and as they sat down to rest and
relax, they let go of the thoughts and troubles of the day and
drifted off for a bit.
Pictures by Curt Fox, Nila Smith and Jan