E.B. and Mrs Wilson coming to Jefferson

Don and Jean Van Gilder holding a photo of E.B. and Minnie Wilson, whose story they’ll tell in a readers’ theater.

Mr and Mrs E.B. Wilson, as portrayed by Don and Jean Van Gilder, will be among those attending “Our Wilsons & Lincoln – 100 Years Later” Sunday at 2 pm in the courthouse rotunda.

The program commemorates the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the life-size statue of Abraham Lincoln on the courthouse lawn. The Van Gilders wrote a readers’ theater that tells the story of the statue, including the “pillow talk” during which Minnie planted the idea in E.B.’s head that a statue would be a nice addition to the new courthouse grounds.

Rick Morain will be narrator in the readers’ theater. Also on the program are Allan Sieck delivering Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln Highway expert Dean Parr. Tori Riley will conclude the program with an original poem written for the occasion.

The program is  planned by the Courthouse 100 committee. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.

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