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This year’s Parks and Pages event will give bookworms a chance to talk about Abraham Lincoln face-to-face.

The program, which gives participants the chance to read and discuss books with National Park Service rangers, has a largely virtual history.

“We started it in January, the year COVID hit,” said Stacy Humphreys, chief interpreter and resource manager for the National Park Service.

She said they were able to meet in person a few times before the pandemic forced them into virtual chats.

“With COVID numbers hopefully continuing to drop, we wanted to re-examine it this year,” she said. “Our goal was to make it feel more like a social event.”

Participants will meet at Vibe Coffee in downtown Hodgenville at 3 p.m. on the third Friday of March, June, September and December. The first appointment is scheduled for March 18 on the book “The Yosemite” by John Muir.

Other books that will be read are “My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver” by Mark D. Hersey, “Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad” by Dick Kreck, and “The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The True Story of the First African-American about the details of the White House Secret Service and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK” by Abraham Bolden.

This year’s books were chosen on the theme of “Lincoln’s influence on America”. Humphreys said the books were chosen based on staff feedback and were readily available in print and electronic format.

Although the rangers have a few questions to guide the discussion, Humphreys says they try to let the conversation flow organically.

“If you’re really excited about something, we want you to share it with people because more than likely someone else really liked the same part of the book as you or was intrigued by the same thing. “, she said.

Participation is free and no prior registration is required. Humphreys says she hopes people enjoy this year’s in-person meetings.

“We really hope people enjoy this and hopefully get a lot out of it,” she said.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

Seth Dukes can be reached at 270-505-1413 or [email protected]

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