Special guests for Founders’ Day Aug. 21

CLINTON — Three special guests will visit Clinton on Sunday August 21 for the city’s Founders Day celebration, sponsored by the Celebrate Clinton Association.

Festivities will open at 1 p.m. on Mr. Lincoln’s Square with remarks by Kelbey McMath, Clinton Junior High School social studies teacher, and City Commissioner John Wise. The Clinton High School band will perform a selection of patriotic favorites.

On hand for the ceremony will be Jesse Fell, Clifton H. Moore and Abe Lincoln impersonators, three historical figures who each played a role in Clinton’s founding and growth as a city.  Following the ceremony, three special guests will walk to the C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum. They will stop at the Prairie Passage on North Center Street, the site identified by Fell and James Allen as a good place to locate a town.

Everyone is encouraged to join the three men on their walk. They will stop briefly at the North Center Street founding site, where Lincoln will have a memento for children.

At 2 p.m., Fell, Moore and Lincoln will perform an original sketch on the front porch of the Homestead in which they talk about their early days in Clinton. Seating will be provided, and parking will be available in the lot south of the Homestead.      

Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Moore will greet visitors to his former home, providing a unique opportunity for photos of Clinton’s prominent lawyer and his companions.

In the event of rain, all activities will begin at 2 p.m. at Clinton High School.


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