class reveals plans for Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 2009
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[October 15, 2007]
of Lincoln College's inaugural "Communiversity"
classes taught students the history of Abraham Lincoln and the
interaction he had with people and places around Lincoln and Logan
County. The final for the class, on Tuesday, will reveal proposed
plans to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009.
Paul Beaver, Lincoln College
professor emeritus, who is the instructor of the class, said one
central theme is to get the word out on what is being
planned. Beaver said members of the local Lincoln Bicentennial group
plan to have an artist create a painting depicting Abraham Lincoln
during an October 1858 speech given on the courthouse square in
Beaver hopes that others will want to become involved
with the bicentennial celebration. "I want people to be proud
of what we have here in Lincoln and Logan County,"
he said. "Visitors from
across the country often express the wish that they 'would
like to have the Abraham Lincoln history we have,'"
According to Beaver, several grant applications are being
prepared to, hopefully, acquire the funds to complete the many
planned projects, which include printing brochures, erecting a kiosk
downtown directing visitors to the historic signs, completing the
Lincoln speech painting and many others.
(See minutes of Oct. 4 meeting of
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Ill.)
The national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created
by Congress to inform the public about the impact Abraham Lincoln
had on the development of our nation, and to find the best possible
ways to honor his accomplishments. The Illinois Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission is currently developing statewide
celebrations. For more information on the Illinois activities, visit
[Text from file received from Lincoln