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Reenactment of Lincoln speech, Taps and scavenger hunt planned at Buffalo History Museum

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, read by a reenactor, will open the annual celebration of the 16th president’s birthday from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Elmwood Avenue at Nottingham Court.

The ceremony also will include a live gun salute by Civil War reenactors on the museum’s portico, along with a bugler playing “Taps.” Other reenactors in the roles of Gen. Ulysses Grant and Mary Todd Lincoln will be part of the festivities.

Following the ceremony, the Irish Volunteers Band and Fife & Drum Corps will provide entertainment. There also will be a Lincoln-related scavenger hunt, refreshments and a birthday cake. The event is held in collaboration with the Buffalo Civil War Roundtable. Admission is free during the event.

Other presidential offerings at the museum this month include a lecture on “Neurological Conditions of Presidents” at 6 p.m. Wednesday by Dr. Nicholas Silvestri, professor at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and a three-day program for youngsters on presidents and first ladies from 1 to 3 p.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Feb. 18. For more information, call 873-9644, ext. 301, or visit