PORTLAND — Bowdoin College professor Patrick Rael will be guest speaker at the 128th Annual Lincoln Club Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Italian Heritage Center, 2 Westland Ave., Portland, with cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m., dinner at 7.

Rael is a specialist in African-American history who earned his Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

He is currently working on a book titled “Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865.”

The event will feature displays of Lincoln memorabilia and two Civil War re-enactors from the Third Maine Regiment in costume.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by contacting any of the members of the committee; there also will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.

The annual dinners are held around the country in honor of the 16th president and one of the Republican Party’s great heroes, Abraham Lincoln. The event sponsor, Cumberland County Lincoln Club, is not affiliated with any political party, and the dinner is open to anyone wishing to honor this great president.

For more information, call 837-2400 or email [email protected]

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