If you weren't at Sixth and Jefferson Streets in Springfield at midnight Monday, you missed out on a chance to be among the first to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. It was a quick mother-daughter road trip for two of those in attendance. “Being members, we follow the Lincoln museum on the web site,” said Lori Ham, an Indianapolis fourth-grade teacher who came to Springfield with her mother just for the event.
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“Lincoln spent a part of his life in the state of Indiana,” said history buff Ham. “Lincoln is a staple as far as teaching Indiana history to my students.” Ham, here with her mother, says she is fated to love history; she turns fifty years old this Friday. That's right, she was born on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Perhaps 500 people took advantage of free activities between 7 p. m. and midnight Monday, though fewer than 100 were in the museum plaza to hear Springfield Lincoln presenter Fritz Klein recite the address.