11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 14
Lincoln Southwest High, 7001 S. 14th St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children's games, toys and activities; historical exhibits; books and souvenirs for sale; free refreshments.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dancing with the Smith Family Band and the Roundhouse Band

1:30 to 5 p.m.
Music with Chris Sayre


"Life with the General"
Dr. Tom King as General Ulysses S. Grant

1:30 p.m.
"Thaddeus Lowe and the U.S. Balloon Corps"
Steve and Patrice Demory as Thaddeus S.C. Lowe and his wife, Leontine

3 p.m.
"Visiting the Lincolns"
Michael Krebs and Debra Ann Miller as President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

Abe Lincoln Impersonators Contest

Contestants can register at the information desk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in one of two age categories: youth (age 16 and under) or adult. Judging will take place at 12:30 p.m., and contestants should meet at the impersonators desk. Awards will be presented during the 1 p.m. Birthday Ceremony. Gifts will be presented to all contestants, with special prizes for the top impersonators.

The Performers

Michael Krebs and Debra Ann Miller have been designated as the official Lincolns for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum's Bicentennial in Springfield, Illinois. This is Michael's third performance at our Lincoln celebration. In 2006, he portrayed Lincoln in a recreation of a Lincoln-Douglas debate with Larry Diemer as Stephen Douglas. In 2007, he was joined by Debra as Mary Todd Lincoln, and that duo returns this year. Michael and Debra have taken educational programs to hundreds of schools throughout the Midwest as well as museums and libraries throughout the U.S.

Debra is a veteran performer in theatre companies in the Chicago area. She won Best Actress in the 2004 Chicago Indiefest for her performance in her first film, "Zen Noir." Michael formed a theatrical company dedicated to performances concerning Lincoln in 1992. He has produced "Visiting the Lincolns" at Gettysburg, the Lincoln Presidential Museum and other historical sites and had an extended run in Chicago. While working at the Chicago Historical Society, he helped create an online analysis of Lincoln's assassination for the Society's Distance Learning Center. He and Diemer first performed the Lincoln- Douglas debate recreation in 1994 for a live broadcast on C-SPAN. Michael also has appeared on the History Channel ("Conspiracy") and in the Library of Congress' "Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library."

This husband and wife duo from Anaheim, California have portrayed Thaddeus and Leontine Lowe at Civil War reenactments, historical sites, schools, libraries and other history events. Lowe commanded the U.S. Balloon Corps, which was formed in 1861. It is considered the forerunner of today's Air Force and paved the way for our nation's future in the sky.

Dr. King is a Professor and Director of Secondary Education at Doane College in Crete, where he also teaches a Civil War course. He has degrees in history and secondary education from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. Dr. King is available for programs through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. (

Lincoln native Chris Sayre has dedicated nearly 30 years to the performance and promotion of traditional and contemporary folk music. He is self-taught on more than a dozen instruments. In addition to performing with several groups, he has performed nationally at more than 1,000 schools and is in his 23rd season in the Artists in Schools/Communities Program, co-sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. He also is available for programs through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Chris contributed to the soundtracks of two nationally aired PBS documentaries and a third NET documentary. He was the first inductee into the KZUM Hall of Fame. Chris has two CDs available - "Falcon Rust" and his new solo release "Tunes From Along the Way."

Back for the seventh year is the Smith Family Band of Hastings. Parents Pam and Tim are joined by their son Jeremy and his wife Sarah, who now live in Lincoln. Son Erik now lives in California and was unable to join us today. The family has been performing together since the boys started playing violin in first grade. In addition to playing for Civil War reenactments, the Smiths play bluegrass, gospel, classical, Irish, renaissance, wedding, traditional dance and holiday music. Pam is a Dance Mistress, providing instruction in the old dances. The family also has performed and taught American pioneer songs and dances as Artists-in-Residence in Japan. The Smith Family Band's CD, "Millennium," includes 17 of their favorite selections.

Members of the Roundhouse Band started the group about ten years ago after meeting through the Great Plains Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association. Don Knudsen's primary instrument is the mandolin, but he also plays guitar, autoharp, clawhammer banjo and several other members of the mandolin family. Duane Miller of Fremont is the fiddler, and his railroad interests were the inspiration for the band's name. These original members are joined by Darrel Kois on guitar and A.R. Carbenel on bass, guitar and banjo. The Roundhouse Band has three recordings - "First Run," "The Old Home Place" and "Hits of the 60s," which features Civil War music.