Nationally renowned Lincoln Historian and Holland, Indiana native William E. “Bill” Bartelt will open the Indiana Bicentennial edition of the Holland Community Fest, on Friday, September 16 at 6:00P.M. at Holland Park’s Henke Pavilion.
Bartelt, a 1964 Holland High School Graduate, is the son of the late Melvin and Mabel (Langebrake) Bartelt. He will return home to participate in the Opening Ceremony of Holland’s annual fest.
Receiving his B.S. in History Education from Indiana State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Evansville, Bartelt worked many summers at the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City. He also worked at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.
Bartelt’s work in “everything Lincoln” prompted him in 2008 to author There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth (Indiana Historical Society). The book served as a source for the movie The Better Angels, a 2014 film about Lincoln’s boyhood years. Bartelt worked as a historical consultant for the movie.
In 2007 Bartelt, a former teacher at Evansville’s Harrison High School and adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Indiana, was appointed by then President George W. Bush to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He also served on Indiana’s Lincoln Commission.
Today Bartelt serves as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Library and Historical Board, and President of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science. He and his wife Kathy reside in Newburgh, Indiana.
For the fest’s opening Bartelt will reflect upon local Indiana at the time of the state’s establishment in 1816, and open the fest’s three day long focus on the Hoosier State’s 200th anniversary.
The fest opening will also include special music and presentations followed by the traditional milk toast that officially opens the event. The 2016 limited edition of the Holland Community ornament #1 (or high bidder’s choice) will be auctioned. Ornaments will be available following the opening ceremony.
For more information of the Holland Community Fest visit the official web site at Hollandindiana.org.
The Holland Community Fest is an Official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.