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The Vincennes Public Library’s float in the March 6, 1930, Lincoln Lives Again parade. The theme of the float was Lincoln Walked 20 Miles to Borrow a Book.

Thursday, March 6, 1930, was a celebratory day in Vincennes, one that involved months of planning. On that day, the city held what was termed the Lincoln Migration Centennial, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln family’s migration from Indiana to Illinois, with their crossing of the Wabash made at Vincennes in the spring of 1830. The festivities were sponsored by the newly organized Old Post Association for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Vincennes.

The weather for the celebration was perfect, with a temperature of 60 degrees and only a minor threat of rain in the afternoon. The city was covered with flags and bunting. Attorney Curtis Shake was chairman of the Centennial Celebration Committee.

Brian Spangle can be reached at brianrspangle60@outlook.com. His new book, “Lost Vincennes,” will be released by The History Press on April 10.

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