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Learn About Lincoln's Historic Visit to Manchester

Capitol Rotunda

On March 1, 1860, a down-to-earth political candidate named Abraham Lincoln arrived in Manchester to deliver a speech before a crowd of more than 1,000 people.   

That evening, as Lincoln got up to speak, he was introduced as the “next President of the United States,” a statement that surprised the listeners—and reportedly the speaker himself. 

Who made that prophetic introduction? 

To find out, join the virtual presentation by Kristy Ellsworth, museum educator at the Manchester Historic Association, on Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m. The half-hour lecture is free to AARP members and the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Ellsworth following the presentation. 

“History is a living, breathing thing, and only when we tell these important stories can we continue to give it life,” Ellsworth says. “As humble as he was brilliant, Lincoln left an imprint on the Queen City that can still be felt over 150 years later.”  

Register at, or go to the events section of the AARP New Hampshire Facebook page: 

The presentation will be recorded and available to view online afterward by going to

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