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PO Box 97

Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

(718) 236-0678

18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Friends of Historic New Utrecht presents Abraham Lincoln February 14
Abraham portrayed by Robert Costello

Abraham Lincoln will visit Bensonhurst in February. Lincoln will be portrayed by Mr. Robert Costello in a performance Tuesday evening, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. before an audience in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, is free to the public.

Robert Costello has appeared as Lincoln for a number of years before adult and student audiences. He is a student of Lincoln and Civil War history and served on the New Jersey 150th Civil War Anniversary Committee. He is a member of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association and a number of other historical organizations. Mr. Costello is the "resident Lincoln" at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown, Pa. and will also be appearing as Lincoln at several historical events in Gettysburg Pa.

Earlier on February 14, Mr. Lincoln is scheduled to meet an audience of local elementary school students in a morning program at New Utrecht High School also sponsored by the Friends organization.

The 1892 Parish House is part of the landmarked campus of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, home to a congregation organized by the Dutch settlers in 1677, which also includes the 1828 Church, now undergoing interior repairs and restoration, and the 1783 New Utrecht Liberty Pole. The Parish House is at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, with bus and subway lines nearby. The B8 stops in front of the church; the B1 two blocks away on 86th Street. The church is one block away from the 18th Ave. subway station on the D line.

Brooklyn Eagle - Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration
Landmarked Bensonhurst church needs funds to finish restoration - from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 7, 2016
Restoration news
Sancturary restoration
As part of the ongoing restoration of the New Utrecht Church, the vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary was removed and completely replaced. Work on the damaged ceiling began in May 2013. Elaborate scaffolding was erected to allow the workmen access to the flat and barrel-vaulted areas of the ceiling. The new ceiling was completed in August 2015 and the scaffolding was removed. The installation and removal of the scaffolding caused extensive damage to the walls which must be repaired and painted. Additional funds are needed to complete repairs to the organ alcove and sanctuary walls. Donations to help with this work can be sent to:

New Utrecht Reformed Church Restoration Fund
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

Donations to New Utrecht Reformed Church
Donations in the memory of Bruce Hodgman may be mailed to:
New Utrecht Reformed Church
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

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