The 16th president came to Centennial for an afternoon — or, at least, that's what the audience saw when John Voehl put on a presentation as Abraham Lincoln at the South Suburban Family Sports …
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The 16th president came to Centennial for an afternoon — or, at least, that's what the audience saw when John Voehl put on a presentation as Abraham Lincoln at the South Suburban Family Sports Center.
“I was sitting in Springfield,” Voehl said in front of an audience of about 100 at 6901 S. Peoria St. “While the country is falling apart, and Buchanan was doing nothing.”
Voehl spoke as Lincoln describing the history that led up to his presidency, the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. He took the audience on a journey, with lots of laughs along the way, through the early decades of the country.
“I need to cut this short — I get so inspired,” Voehl said, opening the floor to audience questions. “You know what happens when a politician gets started.”
Voehl is turning 67 this month — or “210 on Feb. 12,” he joked, referencing Lincoln's birthday. He lives in the Littleton area, and his wife portrays Lincoln's wife with him in plays. He's presented nearly 1,350 times in 45 states since 1996, he said.
“The Q-and-A session is what I enjoy the most,” Voehl said. “Because no matter what the presentation has been, that can take us wherever.”
The Feb. 7 event, “An Afternoon with Abraham Lincoln,” was put on as part of the Centennial Active Seniors events program by the Centennial Senior Commission, which advises the Centennial City Council on matters affecting seniors. For more information on the Active Seniors program, visit www.centennialco.gov/resident-services/active-seniors-program.aspx, or call 303-754-3316.
For more information on Voehl, visit www.abelincolnalive.com, or call 303-932-0752.
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