Abraham Lincoln’s neighborhood brings out the crowds for “pre-clipse” fun 

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Lincoln State Park and Boyhood National Memorial joined scores of venues across the region to help hype up Monday’s Eclipse, with a variety of activities on hand to welcome the Moon and Sun. Families from as far away as the West Coast were represented in Lincoln’s old neighborhood, as well as the 16th President himself. Music of the modern age was also out in force to keep the grounds at the State Park lively. 

Photos by Kathy Tretter

Featured Image: Large crowds gather on the green space in the State Park for the pre-clipse fun.

Viewing with style: (Left) At the Boyhood Memorial, staff assist Natalie Facchini, 5, of Everett, Washington prepare eclipse glasses for the big day. (Right) Natalie Facchini poses with her newly-crafted custom eclipse glasses.

Presidential viewing: Lincoln demonstrator Dean Dorrell mingles with visitors as he awaits the total solar eclipse, the first in Indiana since 1869.

Visitors at the event were treated with live music throughout the day for their listening pleasure.

Among all the festivities, there was an area devoted to sidewalk chalk creations.