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Commissioner Jean Bandler Reflects on the ALBC

This is the second in a series of blogs about the Commissioners and their work on the Commission – their hopes, dreams, critical concerns, and recommendations and expectations for the future. Jean Bandler, a Connecticut resident, appointed to the Commission

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''We cannot escape history''

  "We cannot escape history," Lincoln said in his 1862 December message to Congress. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is now engrossed in preparing its final report to Congress.  We are reviewing the programs, exhibits, endorsements, and Congressionally  "mandated" work

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Judge Tommy Turner Looks Back on the ALBC

In preparing to write the Commission’s final report to “Congress and the American People,” I intend to interview the commissioners to ascertain their views of their own work role on the commission and the effectiveness of the commission. Late last week, I

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Reflections on the DC Penny and the Newark Town Hall

I commend all short speech makers especially, when the assembled crowd must withstand the a numbing cold and pouring rain of a dispiriting Washington mid November day.  I did not beat Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg short speech record time. I certainly

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Lincoln does truly continue to talk to many. I love passing the billboards on my freeway commute and seeing his picture with the word, "Persistence". He failed again and again, but finally met with success, which is what all men and women can do if they try, try again.

Posted by: bmather (utopatian@hotmail.com) on 11/25/2009


Sam Pitroda, telecommunications guru, is luncheon speaker at Morrill Conference

ALBC Morrill Conference October 24, 2009 at Champaign Urbana  Sam Pitroda’s name may not be a household word in the United States or even in his home city of Chicago, but throughout India he is venerated as the man who

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A Civil War to Preserve the Union

Interest in the American Civil War never abates.  Now in the run up to many commemorations, and as new sources are exhumed, historians are threading new connections   between the battlefield politics, patronage, the two party system, nationalism, and immigration. 

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Great story! I was working with my son on a paper for school about Lincoln and came across your site. We just closed his paper with a quote from you "many cited the similar personality traits between Lincoln and Obama. Others noted that without a Lincoln and his successors there would not have been an Obama. Sam

Posted by: bmather (admin@golocalinsurance.com) on 10/06/2009

Well, you learn something new every day. I never get disappointed when reading this blog, the history of our country is truly fascinating and I hope more people get the opportunity to learn about it

Posted by: bmather (daftpunk@hotmail.com) on 10/10/2009


A-MAZE-ing Lincoln!

The creativity so many have found to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday continues to impress and astonish   Recently, we received an email from Dale Goodno with an amazing photo (see attached) of a corn maze on the Baggenstos Family Farm in

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Whoa! That's AMAZING! How you'd even begin to design and create something like that boggles my mind!

Posted by: bmather (ultimatesongwritinglessons@hotmail.co.uk) on 09/24/2009

Lincoln was Amazing The maze is Amazing You all are Amazing

Posted by: bmather (bjhevron@sbcglobal.net) on 09/25/2009

happy birthday Lincoln

Posted by: bmather (satbulan@yahoo.com) on 09/26/2009

Amazing! Lincoln is great!

Posted by: bmather (leoabetas@gmail.com) on 10/22/2009

Yeh, truly amazing!

Posted by: bmather (garryambient@googlemail.com) on 10/22/2009

It's so nice!

Posted by: bmather (lxr812@yahoo.com) on 10/24/2009

What a fantastic way to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday and help educate the children of the community in the process.

Posted by: bmather (ambermurano@googlemail.com) on 10/25/2009

This is awesome! Lincoln is my favorite president. Good thing no one thought aliens made this :)

Posted by: bmather (madmencatalogue@gmail.com) on 10/28/2009

They look amazing!

Posted by: bmather (adamgchristopher@yahoo.co.uk) on 10/28/2009

This is just amazing. Simple as that.

Posted by: bmather (swordfish2011@yahoo.com) on 11/06/2009

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