PARIS — The community of Paris Hill will celebrate the 200th birthday of its most famous citizen, Hannibal Hamlin, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Hamlin was the first vice president of Abraham Lincoln, also born in 1809. He was a distinguished public servant, serving in the Maine State Legislature, as a congressman, U.S. senator, governor of Maine and ambassador to Spain.

The commemoration of Hamlin’s birth will begin at 10 a.m. on the common across from his birthplace, next to the First Baptist Church. Activities will include speakers, a walking tour of historic sites around the common and exhibits at the Paris Hill Historical Society, Hamlin Memorial Library and the Paris Hill Academy.

There will be 19th century games, music and craft exhibitions held on the common, and box lunches will be available. The day will conclude with a rededication of the memorial monument set in place by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States at the 1909 Centennial Celebration.

The celebration is open to the public. Information is available at 743-2980 or online at www.hamlin.lib.me.us.


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