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C-SPAN leader to speak at Lincoln
Presidential Library on Thursday as C-SPAN bus visits
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[July 24, 2019]
Rob Kennedy, co-CEO of C-SPAN and a Springfield native, will join
State Historian Samuel Wheeler to discuss some of America’s best and
worst presidents Thursday, the same day the C-SPAN bus comes to the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
C-SPAN has recently published “The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank
America’s Best – and Worst – Chief Executives.” Kennedy will discuss
the book and the rankings, particularly Lincoln's position on the
list and the presidencies of the three other chief executives with
ties to Illinois.
The 6 p.m. event is free, but guests should make reservations.
www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov and click on “special event
The C-SPAN bus travels the country to provide a hands-on look at the
network’s video archives and promote public access to the political
process. Visitors can take selfies, test their political knowledge
with quizzes and explore C-SPAN’s resources on 11 large-screen
The bus will be open 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 5 - 5:45 p.m. outside the
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The presidential library is also displaying “American Presidents: Life
Portraits,” a collection of paintings of every president. The portraits by Chas
Fagan are accompanied by biographical sketches of the presidents and first
ladies, photographs and audio and video that viewers can access through their
C-SPAN, the public affairs network providing Americans with unfiltered access to
congressional proceedings, was created in 1979 as a public service by the cable
television industry and is now wholly funded through fees paid by cable and
satellite companies that provide C-SPAN programming.
The Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum uses a combination of rigorous
scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors in the life and times
of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can see ghosts come to life on stage, watch TV
coverage of the 1860 presidential election, roam through the Lincoln White
House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to face
with priceless original Lincoln artifacts.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history.
For more information, visit
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum]