C-SPAN: Network of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Dubbing itself the “network of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial,” C-SPAN has made an unprecedented commitment to coverage of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial and extensive programming about the 16th president throughout 2008 and 2009.
“Lincoln: 200 Years” Programming
C-SPAN will devote coverage to major Lincoln-related events during the two-year long Bicentennial period. Beginning April 5, 2008, the 8:00 p.m. ET programming bloc on the first Saturday of each month will be dedicated to Lincoln-related original programming, with a re-air time scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET.
Following in Lincoln’s footsteps, C-SPAN cameras will take viewers to the places that defined the man, his presidency, and his legacy. These glimpses of the private and public Lincoln, oftentimes shot in high-definition, will feature, among other programs:
- A look at the Lincoln Memorial and an exploration of its symbolic hold on the national imagination.
- A visit to Lincoln’s summertime “cottage,’’ where he worked on his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.
- A return to “Lincoln’s Springfield’’ – the Illinois city where he practiced law, raised a family, gave his "House Divided’’ speech, and came home to lie-in-state.
C-SPAN will also provide live coverage of a number of official events sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, including:
- The 145th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 2008
- A Bicameral Celebration in Statuary Hall on Feb. 12, 2009
- The re-dedication of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 2009
Lincoln Web site
As part of the network’s bicentennial programming, C-SPAN has created a special Web site (www.c-span.org/lincoln200years) dedicated to Lincoln events associated with the two-year long celebration.
The C-SPAN Web site, which contains the largest video archive of Lincoln programs on the Internet, as well as rare photos, event updates, and selected speeches, will serve as a library resource to teachers, students, journalists, and the public seeking to learn more about the life and impact of the nation’s 16th president.
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America's cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90 million households, C-SPAN2 in 82 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 13 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit www.c-span.org.