Peekskill, N.Y. (May 2, 2019) – On Saturday, April 27, the Lincoln Depot Museum and City of Peekskill marked the opening of the museum’s newly completed Visitor’s Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included local, county and state representatives.
Located on the site of the Lincoln Depot Museum, the Visitor’s Center is a new structure that will house the museum offices, additional displays, a small gift shop and an open meeting room to hold events. The nonprofit Lincoln Depot Foundation will operate the Visitor’s Center as part of its site lease with the City of Peekskill and is looking to partner with local organizations to bring new events and experiences to the community.
The opening of the Visitor’s Center completes the redevelopment of the unique historic site, which began in 2003. Then New York State Governor George Pataki aided the City of Peekskill with a grant to restore the old rail depot as a museum. Funding for the entire project, including the Depot building, Visitor’s Center and grounds, came from New York State grants in 2006. The historic depot structure was restored and has contained the completed museum since 2014.
The Lincoln Depot Museum illuminates and celebrates Lincoln’s relationship to New York before and during the Civil War. Located at 10 South Water Street in Peekskill, the museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. through November 17 and can be reached at (914) 402-4318 or by visiting www.lincolndepotmuseum.org.
About the Lincoln Depot Museum
Located by Peekskill Bay on the east bank of the Hudson River, the Lincoln Depot Museum is a 3,000 square foot freight and passenger rail depot where President-elect Abraham Lincoln stopped to greet New Yorkers on February 19, 1861 during his inaugural train ride between Springfield, IL and Washington, DC. The mission of The Lincoln Depot Museum is to explore, remember, and educate audiences about the place that Peekskill’s local history played on the national stage. For more information, visit www.lincolndepotmuseum.org.
About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is buzzing with an array of dining and entertainment establishments. Offering artist lofts, studios, galleries and museums, Peekskill is home to a growing arts community and has no shortage of arts activities. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For more information, visit www.cityofpeekskill.com.