HAMMOND | Free weekend showings of an independent film chronicling Lincoln's presidency have been extended through the end of April at the Indiana Welcome Center.
"Saving Lincoln" made its region debut last weekend at the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln Civil War exhibit with two showings.
Both free viewings filled the Welcome Center's 110-seat theater, so the exhibit is extending showings to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April.
The film chronicles Abraham Lincoln's presidency through the eyes of his trusted friend and bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon.
Lamon, a Virginia native, was credited with helping thwart various threats against the president during the Civil War. But Lamon was absent the night Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater in April 1865, having been sent by the president on an errand to Virginia near the close of the Civil War.
The film is being shown as a special feature of the overall Civil War exhibit, which chronicles Northwest Indiana's role in the nation's bloodiest war.
The exhibit includes hundreds of photos, battle flag reproductions, narrative text and artifacts relating to the region's volunteer Union Army regiments. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 30 at the Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive (south on Kennedy Avenue exit off of Interstate 80/94), Hammond.
Re-enactors from the 20th Indiana Infantry Company B are scheduled to perform living history demonstrations at the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, 13, 26 and 27.