This year, 2010, marks the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 as sixteenth President of the United States. To commemorate this significant moment in American history, Don Pollack, a painter who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Art, has undertaken “The Lincoln Project: Taking Measure Across America.” He is retracing, by bicycle, the 1,600-mile route of Lincoln’s inaugural train trip from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C., and along the way recording the present-day condition of the landscape.
Yesterday, Pollack was in Hudson, where he took some photographs of our city and added some extra miles to his journey by visiting Olana. He spent the night at The Inn at Hudson, and before he set off again early this morning, innkeeper Dini Lamot took these photographs for Gossips.
You can follow Pollack’s progress as he continues on to Washington--and catch up on where he’s been--on his blog.