Wellington recently announced the installation of an Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg exhibit at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd). The exhibit will be on display for public viewing Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Monday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibit is a historically accurate, detailed model diorama in miniature of Pickett’s Charge, which occurred on the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Created by Wellington resident Steven Turchyn, the public display in 54 mm (1/32 scale) measures 16 feet by 10 feet, and is the largest of its kind in the world. The extensive project took four years to research, plan, design and construct, and contains more than 2,000 painted figures representing the actual regiments that participated in the conflict.
Illustrations in the exhibit depict the story of the three-day engagement, along with Abraham Lincoln delivering his memorable Gettysburg Address, including the full text of the speech. Nov. 19, 2018 will mark the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
The exhibit was first presented to the public in 2005 in Seattle and has been endorsed by the Civil War Preservation Trust.
Viewing hours are: Monday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is closed Wednesday, July 4.
For more information, call the Wellington Community Center at (561) 753-2484.