Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the famous Willard Inter Continental Hotel in Washington, D.C

The Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance is working on an exciting commemoration planned for November 2011 to honor the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Grand Review at Bailey’s Crossroads,  in Northern Virginia .

On November 4th 2009, the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance hosted a Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the famous Willard Inter Continental Hotel in Washington, D.C. to raise funds for the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Grand Review. 

Below are some images from the eventful evening. Our thanks to Bruce Guthrie for taking the photos.

Master of Ceremonies
Kim B. Holien,
Professional Military Historian, Officer of LATCRA's Board of Directors


Songs of the Civil War by
Douglas Jimerson, Bob Clayton and Ellen Anderson


Center back is Frank Sellers, to his right, Evelyn Haught followed by Wendy Swanson.  The man's back is Ray Rongley and to his right is Kay Rongley, followed by Buzz Carnahan and Lucinda Stewart.

Federal Protective Service - Honor Guard presenting the Colors


A Silent Auction before the festivities was enjoyed by all.raffleimages

Cricket Bauer, Bill Styple and Frank Williams inspect one of the Silent Auction items.

WilliamsThe Honorable Frank J. Williams
Chief Justice (Ret.) of the
Rhode Island Supreme Court, Author, Lecturer

StypleMr. William B. Styple
Historian, Author, Editor

Sarah G. Epstein, Great-Great-Great-Great Grand Daughter of William R. Bradley. Mr. Bradley was Sarah Willard's grandfather. Sarah and Henry Willard were the owners of the hotel.  She spoke of President-Elect Lincoln's stay at the Willard Hotel.EpsteinComposite

Sally Epstein with Maria Elena Schacknies and photo of slippers belonging to William R. Bradley that Sarah Willard lent to President-Elect Lincoln when he stayed at the Willard Hotel.

A toast, complete with champagne and bells, to President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on their 167th Anniversary.

You can view all the photographs taken at the Gala Dinner on November 4 by Bruce Guthrie at this URL:

Sunday, January 17, at 4:30 pm C-Span BookTV will air the Gala Dinner presentations.

See video on the speakers of the evening at

Comments of Chief Justice Frank Williams can be viewed on YouTube at

See a PDF of the Program