Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Events Featured Online

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[November 28, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has enhanced its online site to serve as an information clearinghouse for local activities and events in Illinois leading to the 200th anniversary of Lincolnís birth. The commission provides as an online resource to build enthusiasm and support for the February 2009 observance in Illinois.

"The commission is pleased to offer a new feature which will provide a master list of bicentennial planned events throughout Illinois. It will be continually updated as new events are scheduled," announced Marilyn Kushak, chairwoman of the commission.

"This major upgrade of our website is a great resource for anyone planning a bicentennial event in Illinois or those who want to find out whatís going on in the Land of Lincoln the next two years," said Kay Smith, commission coordinator. "We encourage anyone who is planning a bicentennial event in this state to submit their information to me through the events calendar on the site so we can show the world how we intend to honor our favorite son."

Communities can visit to submit their own bicentennial activities for inclusion on the master list and to review what other communities have planned. When planning activities, communities can use the calendar to determine which dates may be available for events, based on what else is occurring around their county and the state. The site also includes a wealth of information about the 16th presidentís life and times, with links to numerous research and history organizations.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich established the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in February 2006 to promote a deeper knowledge, understanding and engagement in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln through conferences, publications, preservation of Lincoln sites and observances commemorating Lincolnís 200th birthday. The commission is working closely with local, state and national government agencies and organizations to coordinate events leading up to the bicentennial observance. The commission operates with support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

[Text from Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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