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[January 21, 2009]
Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday is Feb. 12, 2009, and
the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission encourages
citizens of all ages to send birthday greetings, handmade if
possible, to Mr. Lincoln's official mailing address as recognized
by the United States Postal Service:
c/o Old State Capitol
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
"Whether they are made with crayon and
construction paper or lace and ribbons, we hope the cards from
all over the world pour into Mr. Lincoln's hometown in the weeks
leading up to his birthday," said Marilyn Kushak, chairwoman of the
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Select cards received at the Old State Capitol
address may be used for
physical or online displays, or for publicity purposes.
The bicentennial commission has
planned numerous activities to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday.
A complete list is available at
activities and other planned events include:
-- The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will
present the state's highest honor, The Order of Lincoln medal, to 30
people from around the world who have in lasting and significant
ways enhanced and perpetuated the memory of Abraham Lincoln.
The ceremony will be on
Feb. 7 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in
-- The U.S. Postal Service will formally issue four Lincoln Bicentennial postage stamps on Feb. 9 at the Old
State Capitol in Springfield. Then, on Feb. 12, there will be a
special Lincoln's Birthday postage cancellation at the
Old State Capitol.
-- A dramatic presentation of Lincoln's February 1861
Farewell Address, made when he left Springfield as president-elect,
will be staged Feb. 11 at Springfield's Prairie Capital
-- The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will feature a Lincoln theme
in a special performance in Springfield on Feb. 11 for the
LET'S READ TOGETHER
-- The world is invited to read the words of
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address together at 9:30 a.m. Central time on
Feb. 12 in an activity originating from the Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Bells around the state will ring at noon that day in honor of
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PAYING RESPECTS -- A wreath-laying ceremony in the morning and a
flag retreat ceremony in the afternoon on Feb. 12 at the Lincoln Tomb
in Springfield will allow visitors to pay their respects to our 16th
VISIT WITH THE LINCOLNS
-- Join an afternoon with Mr. and Mrs.
Lincoln in Crystal Lake on Feb. 1.
Welcome Mr. Lincoln in a program
for the entire family in Niles on Feb. 16.
-- The "Holding Hands With History" exhibit
celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial opens at the Pritzker
Military Library in Chicago on Feb. 5.
Lincoln in American Art" opens in Jacksonville on Jan. 26.
"The Camera and
Mr. Lincoln" opens in Urbana on Feb. 21.
-- New U.S. citizens will be sworn in during a special
Lincoln's Birthday naturalization ceremony on Feb. 12 at the Old
-- Two birthday parties are scheduled the evening
of Feb. 12. The Civil War Period Ball at the Lincoln Presidential
Museum is free and open to the public. The 101st annual Abraham
Lincoln Association banquet in Springfield is a ticketed event. Both
will feature the cutting of special Lincoln birthday cakes.
The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has been working
closely with numerous organizations, tourism agencies and
institutions in 2008 and 2009 to organize events and programming for
the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The commission is
also partnering with local communities on their bicentennial plans.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]