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City establishes Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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[JULY 3, 2006]  The following is a copy of the resolution establishing the city's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission:




WHEREAS, the year 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th President; and

WHEREAS, the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created by President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress in 2001 to plan for fitting and proper events in tribute to Abraham Lincoln in 2009; and

WHEREAS, the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created by Governor Rod Blagojevich to plan for bicentennial activities which promote the "Land of Lincoln"; and

WHEREAS, the national and state Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commissions will communicate and emphasize the contributions of Lincoln's thoughts and ideals to America and to the world; and

WHEREAS, the aim of such a communication will be to renew America's appreciation of Abraham Lincoln's ideals of freedom, democracy, and those rights found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution -- and to invite all people to "live the legacy," as the national commission's motto holds; and

WHEREAS, the official public Bicentennial Commission's commemoration launches in February, 2008 and closes in February, 2010, with the climax being the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial occurring on February 12, 2009 -- the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth; and

WHEREAS, Logan County, Illinois is unique in that it was established by Abraham Lincoln in 1839, and named after his good friend, Dr. John Logan; and

WHEREAS, Lincoln, Illinois is unique in that it was the first city named for him, and the only one named by him before he became President, hence the "first city to live the legacy;" and

WHEREAS, Lincoln College, chartered Lincoln University, was the only educational institution in the world named for him during his lifetime; and

WHEREAS, Abraham Lincoln's unique role and contributions to our local heritage are as crucial to the whole Abraham Lincoln story as his birth, law career, presidency, or his untimely death; and

WHEREAS, it is only fitting that Lincoln's role in our local heritage then be celebrated and imparted to the nation and the world;

THEREFORE, PLEASE BE IT RESOLVED that on this date of June 19, 2006 the City Council of Lincoln, Illinois recognizes Abraham Lincoln and his legacy by establishing the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) of Lincoln, Illinois, whose members shall be appointed by Mayor Elizabeth A. Davis of the City of Lincoln, and the motto of the said Commission being, "The First City to Live the Legacy," who will plan, implement, and coordinate activities to commemorate the life of Abraham Lincoln, for the calendar year of 2009. A copy of this resolution will be placed on file at City Hall in the City of Lincoln, Illinois.


Above resolution acted on by a roll call vote of the City Council of Lincoln, Illinois in an open meeting on Monday, June 19, 2006.


Ayes: ___________

Nays: ___________

Present: ___________

Absent: ___________



Mayor, Lincoln, Illinois

Attest: _________________________

City Clerk, Lincoln, Illinois


Charter Members of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in Lincoln, IL
Established this 19th day of June, 2006 by the Lincoln City Council:

Elizabeth Davis, Lincoln Mayor and Commission Co-chair
Ron Keller, Lincoln College Museum Director and Commission Co-chair
Bobbi Abbott, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Shirley Bartelmay, Postville Courthouse Historic Site Director
Paul Beaver, Lincoln historian and Professor Emeritus
Darlene Begolka, Logan County Railsplitter Association
Paul Gleason, Logan County Historian
John Hutchinson, Lincoln College President
Geoff Ladd, Logan County Tourism Bureau Executive Director
Charles Ott, Honorary Committee Member
Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Main Street Lincoln Executive Director

[Provided by Lincoln Mayor Elizabeth Davis]


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