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Mount Prospect Historical Society raffles "Through Lincoln's Eyes"

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Greg Peerbolte

If you have been meaning to take a trip to our state's capital to see the state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and enjoy the other nearby Illinois and Lincoln-related sites, you will want to purchase a ticket for the Mount Prospect Historical Society raffle being held in conjunction with its "Dinner at the Lincoln White House" on April 20. The winner need not be present to win, so even if you can't attend the dinner, you could win a weekend in Springfield!

The raffle prize basket includes two tickets and a commemorative guidebook to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, an overnight stay at the historic Pasfield House Inn Bed and Breakfast, a $75 gift certificate for a dinner at Sebastian's Hideout restaurant and a DVD of the Academy Award-winning movie, "Lincoln."

Tickets are available for $10 each or six for $50 through PayPal at http://www.mtphist.org/shop-2/ or at the museum, 101 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. They will also be available at the April 20 "Dinner at the Lincoln White House" event.

If you are still interested in attending the dinner, a few tickets remain for the Society's second annual "History in the Headlines" fundraiser at Rob Roy Golf Course clubhouse, 505 E. Camp McDonald Rd., Prospect Heights.

This year, the Society will re-imagine two inaugural meals at the Lincoln White House, marking 150 years since the great turning point of 1863. As in last year's "An Evening Aboard the H.M.S. Titanic" event, patrons are encouraged to attend in period dress, and will again have the choice of two ticket options:

The $25 "First Inaugural" menu includes a selection of corned beef and cabbage and parsley potatoes, the actual items served at Lincoln's first Inaugural celebration. As the nation stood on the brink of all-out Civil War, there was little "appetite" for a lavish celebration and simpler fare prevailed.

The $75 "Second Inaugural" menu, personally prepared by Chef Dave Esau of Dave's Specialty Foods, includes a crab cake appetizer with roast pepper sauce followed by Chicken fricassee style (reportedly Lincoln's favorite dish), with mushroom and caramelized onion cream sauce, roast vegetables Françoise and puree of sweet potato. The menu is inspired by the opulent celebration that took place in early 1865 as a weary Lincoln stood on the verge of an historic victory in the Civil War. The menu, and the mood, stood in direct contrast to Lincoln's first inaugural celebration.

Partygoers will be greeted by Lincoln himself, as well as the lady of the house, Mary Todd Lincoln and her sister, Emilie Todd Helm. After the meal, Mrs. Lincoln and her sister will tell the fascinating story of the divisive effect the Civil War had on their own family. Patrons will also be able to test their knowledge of one of history's greatest leaders with Lincoln trivia, while competing for Lincoln-related prizes. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with a cash bar.

Dinner tickets are limited and may be reserved individually or in tables of ten. For more information, log onto www.mtphist.org or phone 847/392-9006, Tuesday through Friday during office hours.

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