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President Signs Bill Extending Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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Date:

2003-07-15

Contact Name:

David Early

Contact Email:

dear@loc.gov

Contact Phone:

202-707-6998


President Signs Bill Extending Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
S. 858 will extend the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission through 2009

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 14, President George W. Bush signed S. 858, a bill to continue the important work of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) through the bicentennial year of Lincoln’s birth.

The Commission was created by Congress and charged with the task of planning a fitting and proper celebration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The passage of S. 858 will allow the ALBC to plan and implement various observances throughout the nation in the years leading up to the 16th president’s bicentennial in 2009.

“The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is grateful to the Congress and the President for the passage and enactment of this important legislation,” said Executive Director Michael F. Bishop. “The signing of S. 858 into law is further proof of the importance of the Lincoln legacy.”

The fifteen-member bipartisan Commission, co-chaired by Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman Ray LaHood, and noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, is a diverse group of political leaders, jurists, scholars, and collectors united by their admiration for Lincoln and devotion to his ideals. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Commission is planning to celebrate the life of Lincoln through educational initiatives, film projects, traveling exhibitions, a new penny, a commemorative coin and stamp, a joint meeting of Congress, and in many other ways.