The BLC Museum Dedication
Was Completed on April 12, 2008
On Saturday, April 12, 2008, over 250 guests and local officials gathered on
the lawn of the old Train Depot building in Bostic, for the building’s
formal dedication as our new Bostic Lincoln Center Museum.
The building, donated by the town of Bostic, became home to the Museum
after an extensive renovation thanks to numerous donors and our team of
talented volunteers. The space is now functional as a public museum as
well as our headquarters to continue our mission. We are also happy to
share some of the space with the Bostic Sheriff’s Annex Office!
The Bostic Lincoln Center Officers and Directors wish to recognize and to
sincerely thank the entire County and our many supporters and friends, for
their significant support that we received for the preparation, opening and
formal dedication of our new home! Without this groundswell of involved
interest in our mission, we would not have been able to achieve one of our
most significant goals, a museum dedicated to the traditional story of
Abraham Lincoln’s birth right here in Rutherford County.
Though we began the morning ceremonies in the rain, the sun began to shine
during the second stanza of “The Star Stangled Banner.” From that moment
forward, the festivities began to shine as well. After the formal
dedication ceremony ribbon cutting by Bostic Mayor, Mitch Harrill, everyone
was invited to tour the museum as well as the Lincoln Hill site. A
second ribbon cutting was staged at the museum’s front door and was
conducted by Dorothy Melton, widow of our treasured story-keeper, Tom
Melton. Festivities then began in earnest including entertainment,
great food and fellowship.
With our base of operations firmly planted, we begin our next challenge
-- to attain more involvement, interest and support in our effort to
petition our government to determine Abraham Lincoln’s lineage through DNA
matching. Our petition drive is outlined below by BLC President, Keith
||…this so do-able process awaits only our grassroots
insistence, through politics, upon the command of our U.S. Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology's established and peer-recognized procedures, using
their authentic, preserved Lincoln DNA, just as they have already used some
to determine that he did not suffer Marfan's Syndrome. Additionally,
they are now being asked to affirm/reject two other genetic-identifiable
predispositions to other diseases.
We ask, to what more important use could these remains be partially used
for, than to for the first and final time, explain and describe his basic
character, through his total genetics?
It is notably significant, that we here in Rutherford County/North Carolina,
are the only ones asking for this standard procedural matching with the
willing and able male Y chromosome-bearing descendents from the most likely
possibilities, including last year's Forum attendee, the last of the Tom
Lincoln line, Ernest Lincoln III of Virginia, Andrew Calhoun and Dr. Frank
Enloe (his preserved materials, now). Our next principal objective is, thus,
||We began our petition efforts on April 12,
during the museum dedication, garnering over 130 signatures.
Should you have any items that you would like to add to our permanent or
rotating exhibits, or if you wish to sign our petition, or
contribute financially, please
contact us today!
Note: Lincoln Hill is located on private property and you will
not be able to access the location unless you schedule a tour through the
Bostic Lincoln Center.