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CeCe Otto at 2013 Bell Tower Festival

Ms Cece Otto will perform songs from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s to help celebrate the Lincoln Highway Centennial on Friday, June 7, on the Plaza Stage after the evening's opening ceremonies and again on Saturday morning, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Plaza Stage.

Ms Otto is performing at various locations along the Lincoln Highway this year. Her concerts, called "An American Songline: A Musical Journey Along the Lincoln Highway", will take her through 14 states to help tell the history of the Lincoln Highway through American music.

The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast highway in the United States developed on improved roads, and Greene County was the first county in Iowa to pave the Lincoln Highway from county line to county line. Established in 1913, the Highway stretches from Times Square in New York City to the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Envisioned by Carl Fisher, an Indianapolis automobile entrepreneur who also developed the idea of the Indianapolis 500, the Lincoln Highway is the largest memorial to President Abraham Lincoln. The year 2013 marks the highway's 100th anniversary and there are numerous celebration activities planned throughout the year.

The song performances of Ms Otto will be unique---the majority of the activities of the Lincoln Highway Association involve antique cars, traveling the road, and stopping at historical sites. Music is an integral part of American history and culture, and Ms Otto hopes to share that history with as many public audiences as possible.

Article Published: 05-01-2013