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Recommendations for the Commemoration of Lincoln’s 200th Birthday




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Recommendations for the Commemoration of Lincoln’s 200th Birthday
Include Minting of Bicentennial Penny and Creation of Lincoln Memorial Celebration

Washington, DC– The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) today presented to Congress its recommendations for the national and international celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth – February 12, 2009.

"Lincoln's legacy, setting the U.S on a course of racial justice and preserving representative democracy, is as vital now as ever," said Commission Co-chair and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, who was joined by fellow Co-chairs Senator Richard Durbin (IL) and Representative Ray LaHood (IL). "The Commission is honored to have the opportunity to share this legacy with new generations of Americans and citizens of the world as part of the upcoming bicentennial."

The Commission, created by Congress, has been tasked with stimulating Lincoln observances, encouraging Lincoln focused-research, publications, and education, and emphasizing the contribution of Lincoln’s thoughts, ideals and actions to the U.S. and throughout the world. The ALBC’s recommendations include the minting of an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial penny; the issuance of a Lincoln postage stamp; the convening of a joint meeting or joint session of Congress; creation of a major celebration at the Lincoln Memorial; and the acquisition and preservation of artifacts associated with Lincoln.

In addition to these congressionally mandated activities, both the Commission members and the general public have submitted ideas. One of the first actions of the Commission will be to create a Lincoln-themed teachers’ guide for grades K-12. Other recommendations include: the creation of a Lincoln summit for youth; a “traveling museum” for K-12 grades; a Lincoln documentary for television; town hall meetings; state celebrations; and a virtual Lincoln “trail” informing online visitors how to visit sites associated with Lincoln.

“We have received an outpouring of ideas and support for activities leading up to the 2009 celebration,” said Executive Director Michael Bishop. “On behalf of the Commission, I would like to thank the Congress for having the foresight to plan such a grand celebration, our advisory committee for their recommendations, and the American people, who have responded enthusiastically to our call for ideas.”

Since Lincoln’s contributions extended beyond our borders, the Commission’s recommendations also include an international component. These suggestions consist of translations of Lincoln’s speeches, a conference of international scholars, and outreach to encourage other countries to create their own Lincoln commemorations.

The Commission expects that new ideas will continue to be conceived and implemented between now and 2009.

MEDIA NOTES: Michael Bishop, Executive Director of the Commission, and Harold Holzer, Commission Co-Chair and leading authority on Lincoln, are available to discuss celebration submissions.

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