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16th president making several appearances this month

Mel Maurer appears at Abraham Lincoln Feb. 2 at St. Bernadette School in Westlake. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

By Kevin Kelley

Westlake resident and historian Mel Maurer will appear as Lincoln today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium. In addition to reciting the Gettysburg Address, Maurer will perform as Lincoln in a one-act play he co-authored, entitled “Lincoln’s Last Great Debate – Meeting at Hampton Roads.” In the play, Lincoln and Confederacy President Jefferson Davis respond to questions posed by a reporter. The program is part of the university’s ongoing exhibition on Lincoln and the Civil War.

This evening at 7:30 p.m., Maurer will portray the 16th president in “An Evening with President Abraham Lincoln,” for the Peninsula Civil War Roundtable at the Penninsula Library, 6105 Riverview Road, in Peninsula, Ohio.

Maurer’s “Month of Lincoln” concludes at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 with a talk entitled “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” at the Westlake Community Services Center, 29694 Center Ridge Road.

Maurer portrayed Westlake library founder Leonard Porter numerous times during celebrations of Westlake’s bicentennial last year.

For further information, please contact Maurer at



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