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Matthew Mittelstaedt
(217) 345-1845


Through the eyes of a slave

Relive Ellen Craft’s journey to freedom during the Civil War at Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual fundraiser

LERNA, Ill. – The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will present a gripping story of a woman’s bold escape from slavery at its March 22 fundraiser.
The event tells the story of Ellen Craft, a slave who disguised herself as a white man so she could escape to freedom with her husband, William. Guests will meet Craft as portrayed by actress and director Jennifer Goran and hear about the dangers she faced by disguising herself as Georgia planter while she and her husband traveled from Macon, Ga., to Philadelphia.  
Author Doug Peterson will also be on hand to discuss his novel based on Craft’s story, “The Vanishing Woman,” and the historical background that went into his work.
Proceeds from the fundraiser support the interpretation and educational programs at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Unique Suites Hotel Ballroom, 920 West Lincoln Avenue, Charleston.
A silent auction with unique items related to the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and the Civil War will also be offered. Tickets are $60 per person; a table of eight may be purchased for $400.
Credit cards will be accepted via Paypal at Please be sure to include the names of your dinner attendees in the comment section of the Paypal transaction. Checks will be accepted at the Lincoln-Sargent Foundation, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna, IL 62440. Payments and reservations will be confirmed via email unless otherwise requested.
For any questions, please e-mail or call 217-345-1845.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is an 86-acre pioneer farmstead that was the last home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother. It is located eight miles south of Charleston and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.
For more information about Lincoln Log Cabin programs or volunteer opportunities, call (217) 345-1845, visit the sites Facebook page at the website at or the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency at
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