The signal and single occasion of Abraham Lincoln setting foot on Michigan soil is the subject of a new play. Written by a Michigan teacher for the Bicentennial of his birth, it's virtually non-proprietary.
John Beechard and Mr. Lincoln: A Michigan Story, is the work of Samuel Sicilia of the Waverly Community Schools near Lansing. A fictional account based on actual historical events, the play follows John Beechard, native son of Kalamazoo, from his presence and witnessing of Lincoln's only speech in Michigan -- made in 1856 at Village Park in Kalamazoo -- to his enlistment in the 6th Michigan Cavalry and participation in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Michigan schools and community organizations have free use of the script; it can be read at: http://michigan.gov/documents/mde/BeechardandLincoln_233686_7.pdf
Nice to see the creative spirit alive and well here.