Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lincoln news keeps on comin'

I’ve tried very hard to stay on top of the news in the Lincoln world but, my goodness, is the pace picking up the closer it gets to the big 200! Here's the goods from the last two weeks.

In this article you’ll find information:
  • From my earlier articles about Lincoln events
  • About new Lincoln films
  • On articles you won’t want to miss
  • Highlighting Lincoln events across the country
  • Including Governor Pat Quinn’s reflection on the Lincoln legacy

See earlier articles for even more links
Recently, a couple of my blog posts included links to state bicentennial commission websites and online articles about other events across the country. Be sure to visit those articles and the state links on the left side of my blog for the most current information in each state:

Lincoln in film
Cinematographers across the country have been busy this year sharing the Lincoln legacy through film. I’ve told you about the “Looking for Lincoln” PBS film, and I’ve got another one to share with you in the coming days. Watch for it.

In the meantime, I read this morning in the State Journal-Register of the new film, “Abraham Lincoln: A Journey to Greatness,” at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center. The film features Fritz Klein, who always brings Lincoln to life in unbelievable ways. You’ll want to get down to Springfield to visit the newly renovated home and see the new film.

Articles you won’t want to miss
Nearly everyday now, journalists are writing about Lincoln. Here are the articles I ran across in the last couple weeks – and this doesn’t even include the ones which referenced President Barack Obama and his Lincoln connections!

Don’t miss these Lincoln events
I continue to watch online newspapers and receive Lincoln-related alerts. Here are some of the events I’ve learned about since my last update. When possible, I’ve arranged them by state for your convenience. As I mentioned in my earlier post, some of these articles may be available for a limited amount of time. If so, my article may sprout some broken links. I’ll try to monitor and remove them. My apologies if I don’t catch them right away.

Please try to attend some of the events listed. Remember, Lincoln will only have one 200th birthday, and most of us won’t be around for his 300th. Check out the state websites (on the left) and these articles for an event you can attend. And, even if you can’t go, please don’t forget to send President Lincoln a birthday card!

Here are some of the highlights of events I learned about in the last couple weeks:

Estes Park: Advance screening of “Looking for Lincoln” at Estes Park Public Library on Feb. 8

Across the state: Events galore
Wilton: Age of Lincoln Exhibit, Feb. 5 – April 3

District of Columbia

Washington: Library of Congress: “With Malice Toward None” exhibit, Feb.12 – May 9, then traveling
Washington: Ongoing events

Orange County: Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration


Savannah: Savannah Book Festival is Feb. 6-8 with an appearance by Charles Bracelen Flood, author of the new book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History on Feb. 7


Bloomington: Founders Day lecture, “Abraham Lincoln: Slavery and the Civil War.” by James Horton, author of ten books including Pulitzer Prize nominated In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Protest, and Community Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860 , Feb. 18
Danville: Bicentennial events
Lincoln: Heritage Days in July
New Salem: Abe the Musical (about the play)
Marshall: Ongoing Bicentennial events
McHenry County: Bicentennial events. Also, see their website.
Northern Illinois: Assorted bicentennial events
Ottawa: Salute2Lincoln: Feb. 12 – June 30
Quincy: Abe the Musical (about the play)
Springfield: A plethora of Bicentennial events

Evansville: Lincoln symposium, “Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Legacy”, Feb. 23
Indianapolis: Bicentennial ceremony at Indiana Statehouse

Topeka: Bicentennial events

Bowling Green: Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra presents “Lincoln: A Man for All Times” on Feb. 9
Covington: Lincoln display at Mary Ann Mongan Library
Danville: “Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans and the Constitution” sympsoia
Frankfort: Read about new Lincoln artifacts and birthday events celebrating the bicentennial in Kentucky including an appearance by Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life on Feb. 16.
Louisville: "Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House” play
Various Kentucky locations: Lincoln plays

Boston: John Stauffer lecture on his book, “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln”
Yarmouth: “This Was Not Love Letters” - Feb. 8 play depicting Lincoln and the election of 1860 through the eyes of two newspaper editors

Statewide: Ongoing events (also see Sarah Lapshan’s comments on my Jan. 17 article)

New Jersey
Libraries collect Lincoln “Pennies for Peace”

New York
Garden City: James Horton, author of Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America and Slavery and the Making of America, will speak at Alephi University on Feb. 19

North Carolina
Raleigh: Lincoln documents on display, Feb. 10-15

North Dakota
Bismark: Bicentennial events

Wooster: Wayne County Historical Society exhibit


Alva: Dr. Aaron Mason will speak on The Private Life of Abraham Lincoln: The Making of a President” at Alva Public Library on Feb. 2

Allentown: Lehigh Valley Heritage museum yearlong celebration

Rhode Island
Lincoln: Bicentennial stamp unveiling

Greeneville: Bicentennial events and Lincoln Project videos

West Virginia
Ashland: Four-session discussion of James Swanson’s "Manhunt, the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer"

Overheard this week
By new Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in his first press conference: “It’s a very important year, the year of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial of his birth. The American president most admired of all by far, is Abraham Lincoln, from people from foreign lands. And we want them to come to Illinois, the city of Abraham Lincoln and other places in Illinois to look for Lincoln. You can go to Beardstown and see a courthouse where Lincoln actually practiced in.”

A special thanks to the many journalists and public relations gurus who keep the wellspring of Lincoln information coming. Without them, I wouldn't have any of this to share with you.

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