The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will present The Order of Lincoln to
these individuals during a formal ceremony on Feb. 7, 2009, at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in downtown Springfield. The
ceremony precedes Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on Feb. 12, 2009.
The 2009 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Bicentennial Laureates, all of
whom have indicated they will attend the Feb. 7 ceremony, are as
Mary Todd Lincoln biographer and Bennett-Harwood Professor of
History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.
Gabor S. Boritt,
author and editor of 16 books on Lincoln and the Civil War, and
Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and director of
the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa.
author and editor of books on Lincoln, and Sadowski Professor of
History Emeritus at Connecticut College.
Carwardine, Lincoln biographer and Rhodes Professor of
American History at Oxford University, England.
a driving force behind the creation of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and chair of the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates all
state-owned Lincoln sites.
founding director and senior editor of The Lincoln Legal Papers,
and retired professor of history at the University of Illinois
author of books on Lincoln and Reconstruction, and DeWitt
Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University in New York
author of books on Lincoln and the Civil War, and Henry R. Luce
Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in
Allen C. Guelzo
co-chair of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and author
of books on Lincoln and the Civil War.
Lincoln author and director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and
Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
Charles M. Hubbard
curator of the Lincoln College Museum and professor of history
at Lincoln College in Lincoln.
Ron J. Keller
and Peter W. Kunhardt of Kunhardt Productions,
producers of Lincoln documentaries and publishers of books on
Philip B. Kunhardt
Lincoln sculptor from Decatur.
John W. McClarey
, author of books on Emancipation and slavery, and
professor of history at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
the artist who created the 1969 Lincoln portrait that is
considered a modern American classic.
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Lincoln artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute
founder of the Lincoln Center in Tirana, Albania.
Robert Provost Jr.
BRC Imagination Arts of Burbank, Calif., the designer of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Illinois state historian, internationally renowned Lincoln
expert and key planner of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum.
Thomas F. Schwartz
major collector of Lincoln prints and photographs, whose
collection has been used for a major Lincoln exhibit at the
Northern Indiana Center for History.
Lowell Sneller, founders of AbrahamLincolnOnline.org.
of Beverly Hills, Calif., renowned Lincoln collector, exhibit
organizer and John Wilkes Booth author and collector.
Lincoln author and chief deputy director of the Illinois State
Archives in Springfield.
Wayne C. Temple
Lincoln sculptor, originally from Stockton.
owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago and Lincoln
Daniel R. Weinberg
Lincoln author and collector, and chief justice of the Supreme
Court of Rhode Island.
Frank J. Williams
and Rodney O.
Davis, Lincoln authors and co-founders of the Lincoln
Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.
Douglas L. Wilson
The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established
in 1964 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens, either by
birth or residence, who have brought honor to the state by their
achievements. The special Lincoln Bicentennial awards to be
presented on Feb. 7, 2009, are a departure from the usual practice
in that the award winners were selected from among worldwide
nominations and did not need to have an Illinois connection.
Past honorees have included former President Ronald Reagan,
Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears, Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks,
author David Herbert Donald, business leader Lester Crown, Nobel
scientist Leon Lederman, and educator Richard H. Moy. For more
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]