Illinois may be called the "Land of Lincoln," but it was in Indiana where Lincoln spent his formative years. His family moved from Kentucky to the new state of Indiana in 1816. He, his father, mother and sister lived in a one-room log cabin. Lincoln resided in Southern Indiana from the time he was seven until the age of 21.It was there that he studied by candlelight, received his one-year of formal education and lost both his mother and sister.
That area where Lincoln grew up, now called Lincoln City, honors his memory at the Lincoln State Park and with a 1500-seat, covered amphitheatre, the Lincoln Amphitheatre, named for the 16th president. When it was built, it was designed as a venue where the little known story of Lincoln’s youth could be told on stage. During the summer months, visitors can see history come alive in the musical drama. The production, A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale was written and directed by Ken Jones, the resident playwright for Northern Kentucky University.
The production begins with Lincoln's two young boys, Willie and Tad, asking their father about his childhood. The scenes that follow include stories that happened on the same grounds where the amphitheatre is now situated. President Lincoln acts as narrator.
A.Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale runs June 7 to June 29, Wednesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Sunday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 26. Tickets for the production are currently on sale at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.org or through the box office at 800-264-4ABE.