Monday, October 15, 2007
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LC 'Communiversity' class reveals plans for Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 2009

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[October 15, 2007]  One 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 Lincoln.

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,'" said Beaver.

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 College]


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