Technically, Presidents’ Day is a combined birthday celebration for Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22). But what the heck. Why don’t we celebrate all the Presidents? Apparently University of Virginia had that in mind when they chose Presidents’ Day (February 17) as the first day of their FREE online course on Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s third president. The six-week course, “Age of Jefferson,” is available to anyone in the world who can sign up for the online course at Coursera or through the application iTunesU.
In Portland, Presidents’ Day is the last chance to see the exhibit “Windows on America” at the Oregon History Center. The exhibit traces the challenge of leadership from George Washington’s presidency to modern times. The museum will extend its usual hours until 7 p.m. on Monday, Presidents’ Day.
Monday night at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego, is a performance of the one-man play, “A. Lincoln.” Actor Steve Holgate, the spitting image of the Rail Splitter, as Lincoln was known, promises to leave the audience with a fairly accurate image of our heavily burdened sixteenth president. The play begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 to $15.