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KHS Provides Legislators, Public a Window into Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln

Daily vignettes of Lincoln history available on LRC's Web site

Window into Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is offering Kentucky legislators and the public a look at the key people, places and events connected to Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln story during the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly in observance of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration.

Each day during the legislative session, legislators will view a vignette highlighting the people, places and events that establish Lincoln as a Kentuckian along with an illustration or portrait from the collections of the KHS and other repositories. This information will also be available for the public to view on the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) Web site at Topics range from Lincoln's family roots and early childhood in Kentucky to the significant relationships Lincoln formed after leaving the commonwealth which would influence his political career and his presidency.

On February 12, Kentuckians can be a part of history during the official kick-off ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville. This event is free and open to the public. The inaugural program begins at 10:30 a.m. EST, but the site will be open to the public beginning at 7 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided and public parking is available.

Featured invited guests include Pres. George W. Bush, Gov. Steven L. Beshear, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin and actor Sam Waterston from Law & Order. "Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln," the KHS HistoryMobile exhibit, will debut at the event before it travels across the state.

On February 11, a gala evening for the National Kickoff of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration will be held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville at 7 p.m. EST. The event will feature the Louisville Orchestra, Angela Brown, Soprano; NPR's Bob Edwards as master of ceremonies; Sam Waterston from Law & Order portraying Lincoln; and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Kentucky Center at 502-562-0100 or visit The Kentucky Center's Web site at

"Kentucky is leading the way in the national commemoration of Abraham Lincoln," said Kent Whitworth, executive director of KHS. "These vignettes on Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln celebrate our native son and let Kentuckians discover Lincoln's many connections to Kentucky which gives them perspective on the present and inspiration for the future."

For more information on Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial commemoration, visit the official Web site at


An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society has provided since 1836: connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future.  KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.   Since 1999, the $30-million center has welcomed more than one million visitors.  For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit


Last Updated 2/5/2008