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History

Dan Bassuk was responsible in 1990 for inaugurating the group.  He wrote, “During the previous decade, while studying Lincoln, I came to know several people who impersonated the Lincolns. On a trip to Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's mansion in Vermont, I met Abraham and Mary in the flesh, also known as Robert and Janet Taylor. Finally, I decided to "Link the Lincolns", and announced the formation of a new Lincoln group in the Lincoln Herald with the motto "Now He Belongs to the Stages". Jim Hitchcock of Florida was the first Abe to join. What began with a score of Abe's and three Mary Todd's, grew to more than 4 score and 7, and Stan Wernz became our 100th Abe in 1997.”

There is a full interview of Dan Bassuk by Chris Small here.

In 1991 Bruce Hanks of Minnesota and Ed Francisco of New Jersey joined Bassuk for a presidential gathering. A photograph of "the three Abes" made the front page of the premiere edition of LINCARNATIONS, our newsletter. It has been exciting to join other Abe Lincolns for talks at historical societies and Civil War Round Tables, and perform with Mary Lincolns in costume.

The famous Lincoln-Douglas debates were reenacted in seven Illinois cities, and shown on C-SPAN in 1994. Six ALP members were chosen to debate, and twenty videotapes recorded these events, which were made available to the ALP as well as educational institutions across the country.

By 1995 the ALP had 76 Abes and 22 Marys, and through the wise urging of Jim Sayre, our first convention was held in Lexington, Kentucky with 34 Abe's attending. Conventions in Springfield, Illinois (1996); Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1997); Charleston, Illinois (1998); Burbank, California (1999); Hodgenville, Kentucky (2000); Beckley, West Virginia (2001); Fort Wayne, Indiana (2002); Lincoln City, Indiana (2003); Vandalia, Illinois (2004); Detroit, Michigan (2005), Cincinnati, Ohio, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Alton, Illinois followed, as more and more Lincolns wanted to learn from one another and renew friendships.

Twenty-four Lincolns have received awards for their noteworthy Lincoln work, and seven Lincolns have written books about the 16th President.  The ALP has been featured in Americana (1992), Reenactor's Journal (1994), Lincoln Herald (1994), Lincoln Lore (1997), The Rail Splitter (1997) American Heritage (1999), People Magazine (2000), and Time Magazine (2005).as well as numerous books. Our members have been placed in movies, plays, TV, national public radio, parades, schools and colleges. During these ten years, John Wilkes Booth has dared to make only one appearance, assassinating President McClerren during a performance of "Our American Cousin."

The Association of Lincoln Presenters, a not for profit organization, is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware.  The group has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The ALP is also classified as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to the group are deductible under section 170 of the Code, and the ALP is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. 
 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN AWARD

MARY TODD LINCOLN AWARD

1992 -James Getty
1993 -Dan Bassuk
1994- B.F. McClerren
1995 -Jim Sayre
1996 -Charles Brame
1997 -Gerald Bestrom
1998- Homer Sewell
1999 -Bill Sublett
2000 -Patrick McCreary
2001 -Max Daniels
2002- Dean Dorrell
2003- Bill Ames
2004- Jim Conine
2005- Stan Wernz
2006- Chester Damron & Fred Priebe
2007- Dennis Boggs
2008- Roger Vincent
2009- Joseph Woodard
2010- Chris Small

1994 -Bev Nelson
1995 -Dorothy McClerren
1996 -Mary Eunice
1997 -Donna McCreary
1998 -Sally M. Raffenello
1999 -Donna Daniels
2000 -Donna McCreary
2001 -Bonnie Priebe
2002- Joyce Browning
2003- Joan Howard
2004- Ruth Ann Boatright
2005- Joanne Shelby
2006- Jane DeBeaumont & Nancy Peck
2007- Joan Howard
2008- None Awarded
2009- Mary Elliott
2010- Dona Ebert

THE LINCOLN LEGEND AWARD

THE RAILSPLITTER AWARD

2001- Bruce Hanks
2002- Dan Bassuk
2003- Bill Sublett (postumously)
2004- Charlie Brame
2005- None Awarded
2006- Jim Sayre
2007- Donna McCreary
2008- B.F. McClerren
2009- Max Daniels
2010- None Awarded
2002 - George Cheevers
2003 - Rick Miller
2004 - Larry Elliott
2005 - Lonn Pressnall
2006 - 2010- None Awarded

BEST ABRAHAM AND MARY LINCOLN TEAM
The Glenn Schnizlein Memorial Award

1993 -Max and Donna Daniels
1994 -Robert and Janet Taylor
1995 -Bruce and Mary Hanks
1996 -Cliff and Joan Howard
1997 -Bill and Stacy Wiseman
1998 -Bill and Nancy Peck
1999- Don and Susan Ancell
2000 -Jim and Ruthanne Boatright
2001 -Fred and Bonnie Priebe
2002- B.F. and Dorothy McClerren
2003- Steve and Sharon Wood
2004- Jim and Mary Hitchcock
2005- Dean Dorrell / Donna McCreary
2006- Stephen and Sharon Wood
2007- Cliff and Joan Howard
2008- None Awarded
2009- None Awarded
2010- John and Betty Mansfield  

OUTSTANDING LINCOLN TEAM AWARD
The Gordon Vincent Memorial Award
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2001 -Dan Bassuk and Pat Thomas (Lincoln and Laura Keene)
2002 -Jim Sayre and Cliff Howard  (Lincoln and Jefferson Davis)
2003 - George Buss and the late Rick Sokup (Lincoln and Douglas)
2004 - Bonnie Priebe and Armaine Osterberg
2005 - Don Ancell, Ron Hargrave and Roger Knox (A.Lincoln/Military)
2006- Stan Wernz, Cliff Howard and Al Stone
2007 & 2008- None Awarded
2009- Jim Sayre and Michael Crutcher
2010- None Awarded

BILL SUBLETT LINCOLN LONGEVITY AWARD
2004 - Robert Taylor
2010 - Charlie Brame