Major birthday celebration program on the State Capitol steps at 3 p.m.:
Charles deGravelles reads poems by and about Lincoln, including a new poem by himself.
Recognition of winners of student essay contest.
Recognition of Glasgow Middle School class that initiated the national Children’s Lincoln Penny Power Campaign.
Formal presentation of “Live the Legacy,” the commemorative book published by the national Lincoln Commission.
James Stoner’s brief remarks on “Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and the Declaration of Independence”.
Reading of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Lincoln Year Proclamation.
Reading of Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden’s Lincoln Year Proclamation.
Reading of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address by Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.
“Mr. Lincoln’s House” for children ages 6 and up; hear the Emancipation Proclamation and then construct a log house from Lincoln Logs
Bluebonnet Library, 3:30 p.m.
“Annual African American Read-In,” David Madden reading Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Children and family members are invited to share a poem or prose from an African American author.
Main Library, Goodwood Avenue, 2:30 p.m.
“Louisiana Looks at Lincoln,” exhibit and special reception
Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, 1 p.m.
“Lincoln Chose Louisiana” to Celebrate 200th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Birth
02/04/2009 03:23 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission presents “Lincoln Chose Louisiana,” a ten-day commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Events will take place throughout the Baton Rouge area from Feb. 4 through Feb. 15 to recognize Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday on Feb. 12.
The Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is chaired by David Madden, Robert Penn Warren professor emeritus of creative writing in the LSU English department, and also includes others from LSU: Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives Isiah Warner, LSU System President Emeritus William Jenkins, LSU Foundation Senior Director of Development Michael Robinson, Chair of the History Department Gaines Foster and Professor Richard White.
“Lincoln’s unique relationship with Louisiana is that he chose this state to be the first to re-enter the Union and to function as a model for all other Southern states in the implementation of his non-vengeful vision of Reconstruction,” said Madden. “Our primary mission is to tell that story, and to facilitate celebrations throughout 2009 all over the state in a great variety of ways, such as music, exhibits, poetry, plays, short speeches, readings of poems by and about Lincoln.”
While events will be held at various locations throughout the Baton Rouge area, LSU will host “Lincoln and Bolivar as Emancipators,” on Monday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the LSU Memorial Tower. “Lincoln and Bolivar as Emancipators” will include LSU System President John V. Lombardi talking informally about Lincoln and Simon Bolivar as emancipators, along with LSU Professor and Chair of Political Science James Stoner speaking briefly about Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the Declaration of Independence.
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Our Views: Happy 200th, Abe Lincoln
- After 200 Years, Still Learning About Lincoln by Sandra Smith of the Verona NJ Historical Society
- Flatboat journey to New Orleans – Lincoln’s Journey of Remembrance
- Tri State Lincoln Bicentennial Celeberation
- Genealogy.com Abe Lincoln’s Family Tree
- Genealogy Today Lincoln Links
- Genealogy Today Lincoln Heritage Challenged
- Monroe County Native Dr. W.A. Evans and Mrs Abraham Lincoln – by Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, Mr. Thornton
Here are a few more articles I found today that were interesting to read:
African American Heritage Tour of Shreveport-Bossier
This is a neat little tour that you can take online.
Councilwoman witnesses history at President Obama’s inauguration
Save Our History Grants – 2009-2010 Grant Program Application