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Civil War comes to life at annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house in Redlands

For the 47th year, the Lincoln Memorial Shrine welcomed the community and history buffs to its annual open house Saturday, Feb. 9.
Ears are plugged and cameras clicked as Civil War re-enactors work the cannon during the 47th annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house at the Lincoln Shrine and Smiley Park in Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
A striking bust of President Abraham Lincoln as Civil War history is relived at the 47th annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house in Redlands, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Civil War re-enactors from 7th Michigan duel during the 47th annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house at the Lincoln Shrine and Smiley Park in Redlands, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
A Civil War re-enactor cleans the cannon during the 47th annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house at the Lincoln Shrine and Smiley Park in Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
The Civil War Living History Group carries the flag before President Lincoln delivers his second inaugural speech at the Redlands High gym in Redlands, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
After the cannon goes off, smoke remains during the 47th annual Lincoln Memorial Shrine open house at the Lincoln Shrine and Smiley Park in Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Lincoln presenter Robert Broski addresses a packed house with his second inaugural speech at the Redlands High gym in Redlands, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Lincoln presenter Robert Broski holding Olive and surrounded by other Inland Empire Therapy Dogs takes a presidential portrait at the Redlands High gym on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
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Festivities were to begin with the Lincoln Pilgrimage, continue with a parade from Redlands High School and conclude at the Lincoln Shrine, which the Boy Scouts of America have organized since 1940.
Visitors at the Shrine enjoyed live music, Civil War re-enactments and checked out “ Reflections of the Face of Lincoln ,” an animatronic presentation, and more.
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is the only museum and research center in the West focusing solely on President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. For those who missed the fun Saturday, the city will celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with free admission to the “Reflections” exhibit noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.  There will be a short presentation at 12:30 p.m. with Mayor Paul Foster, Councilman Paul Barich, and Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions, the “Reflections” exhibit creator.
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Tuesday’s event is sponsored by Barich and Associates Health Insurance.
“Reflections” is housed in the Shrine’s west wing and runs every 20 minutes during regular hours through Sunday, March 31. After the performance Tuesday, tickets will be $5 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Shrine in Smiley Park behind the A.K. Smiley Public Library at 125 W. Vine St., Redlands.
For information, call 909-798-7632 or go to www.lincolnshrine.org.

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