WHO: Historic Elsah Foundation, the Chautauqua Historical Society and the Grafton Historical Society came together to research and build the Great Rivers Lincoln Coffin.
WHAT: The coffin will be part of an overnight vigil on display Saturday, May 2, in downtown Springfield and will be transported May 3 to Oak Ridge Cemetery for re-enactment ceremonies.
WHEN: Thursday, April 9
WHERE: Farley’s Music Hall in Elsah
WHY: The organizations wanted to create an accurate Abraham Lincoln coffin for re-enactment ceremonies.
HOW: Project committee members Timothy Tomlinson, Mary Lillesve, Rose Tomlinson and Dr. George Provenzano researched the coffin specifications. Local and national businesses donated construction materials. Donors included Mosby Woodwork of Grafton, Federal Steel of East Alton, Batesville Casket Co. of Batesville, Ind., Fehlig Brothers Box and Lumber of St. Louis, Brooks Brothers of New York, Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home of Alton, Mark Hurd Graphics of Affton, Mo., and Annin Flagmakers of Roseland, N.J.