President Abraham Lincoln’s last days saw the end of America’s most devastating war, and the loss of its most inspiring and visionary leader. Educator Gary Ford will intertwine the historical events and key individuals during the last week of the president’s life in this presentation. Ford will follow Lincoln’s public and private actions that week, beginning with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General U.S. Grant on Sunday, April 9th through Lincoln’s assassination on Friday, April 14th, and death the following morning. This program takes place in the History Center’s main gallery on Saturday, February 15, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM.
Gary Ford taught American History for 33 years in Rome, NY and won numerous accolades including “Most Influential Educator” and “Teacher of the Year.” He helped create the Veterans Oral History Project, which interviewed and archived the stories of over 120 local veterans, and he received the “Medal of ’77 Award” from the Rome Historical Society. Ford is a trustee for the Genesis Group of the Greater Mohawk Valley, and a former Councilman in the Town of Marshall. He currently resides in the Town of Marshall with his wife, Mary Ann.
The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website(www.oneidacountyhistory.org) or Facebook.com page for additional information.