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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.  C-SPAN logo animatedBeginning 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.
Live Coverage

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.

About C-SPAN

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.