Monday, December 8, 2008

C-SPAN offers ongoing Lincoln programming

As a partner with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, C-SPAN is there to document many of the exciting ongoing Lincoln activities.

Don’t miss these December events
Here are just a few you won’t want to miss:
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 – Book TV – 12-1:30 ET - Michael Burlingame talks about his new book, “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” a 1800 page, 2-volume biography
  • Sunday, Dec. 14-20 – White House Week documentary series on C-SPAN with a number of leading Lincoln scholars, including:
    o Harold Holzer
    o Doris Kearns Goodwin
    o Richard Norton Smith
    o Anthony Pitch
    o And others

Watch for future programs
C-SPAN will air Lincoln 200 Years programming the first Saturday of each month from 8-10 p.m. through April 2009. Future events will:

  • explore Lincoln’s time in Springfield, Illinois, where he spent more than half of his life,
  • offer a view of the recent renovations at the Fords Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Lincoln was shot, and
  • give you a look at Lincoln events throughout the United States.

For more information
Information on C-SPAN Lincoln 200 programs are available on their website. While you’re there, be sure to stay a while. There are hours and hours of previously recorded Lincoln programming which will provide a deeper look into the 16th president and his legacy and introduce you to those who study them. What a wonderful opportunity to grow your knowledge of Lincoln. I go there often and still haven’t watched everything.

Be sure to visit the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) website as well for an ongoing calendar of Lincoln-related events across the country.

My home state of Illinois has a great Bicentennial Commission, which is doing a great job of sharing the legacy of Lincoln. I’ll tell you more about what they’re doing and what they have planned in a future article. The calendar of events for the week of Lincoln’s birthday is already jam-packed and the Lincoln buff has her week planned. His birthday, Thursday, Feb. 12, will be a particularly busy day – with something to do in Springfield literally every hour. Be sure to see the calendar to start planning your week.

A number of other states also have their own bicentennial commissions. Links to several of them can be found on the left side of my blog through the links titled, “Celebrate Lincoln at 200 - Bicentennial websites.” If you can’t find your state listed there, see the list on the ALBC website.

* Thanks to Betty Anselmo of The Lincoln Forum for an informative email alerting Lincoln buffs to upcoming C-SPAN events.

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