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Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Sets Final Meeting
Washington – The national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) will convene its final meeting on Monday, April 19, 2010, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington. President Abraham Lincoln established the Department of Agriculture in 1862, calling it the “people’s department.
The meeting agenda will include release of the Commission’s final report, which will catalog the Commission’s accomplishments leading up to and during the Bicentennial year, as well as discussion of the future of the ALBC Web site, progress on the expansion of the ALBC Foundation, and the return of federal funds to the U.S. Treasury.
The meeting is open to the public.
“I am pleased that the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission expects to return nearly $500,000 in unused funds to the United States Treasury,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a co-chair of the ABLC. “Through creative partnerships and wise allocation of funds, we have produced first-rate programs throughout the nation and still managed to save taxpayers’ dollars at a time when we are all cutting back.”
Commented co-chair Harold Holzer: "Since February 12, 2008, the Commission has organized, hosted, sponsored, and endorsed hundreds of programs throughout the nation to commemorate the 200th birthday of America's greatest president--to remember his work to preserve democracy and to extend freedom--and to use his example to inform and inspire us in the future. This extraordinary group of commissioners and staff is now prepared to reflect on its mission and its accomplishments as it sunsets, with great gratitude to the public for receiving its efforts enthusiastically."
The ALBC will cease operations permanently on April 30, 2010. The ALBC Foundation, a non-governmental organization, will continue working to promote President Lincoln’s legacy.
Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan the nation’s celebration of the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009. The Commission has provided education programs, public forums and art programs in communities across the nation to highlight and re-examine Lincoln’s legacy in our 21st Century democracy. Its members, who were appointed by the President and Congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and other Lincoln experts.
The ALBC is co-chaired by Senator Durbin and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Members include: Dr. Jean T.D. Bandler; Dr. Darrel Bigham; Dr. Gabor Boritt; U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning; Julie Cellini; Joan Flinspach; Dr. Jim Horton; U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Lura Lynn Ryan; Louise Taper; the Hon. Tommy Turner; and the Hon. Frank J. Williams. Eileen R. Mackevich serves as executive director.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Final Business Meeting
April 19, 2010
U.S. Department of Agriculture