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Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial February 12, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial
February 12, 2009

Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), Abraham Lincoln, February 5, 1865. Photographic print. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

This morning Edie Manza presented examples of state humanities council activities on the Lincoln bicentennial to members of the National Council on the Humanities. 

She noted that the November 2008 issue of the Oklahoma Humanities Council's Oklahoma Humanities Magazine featured the essay, "What America Means to Me," by 5th-grader Manuel Hogan of Midwest City. Manuel wrote that

"I believe being an American means knowing where you come from and being proud of who you are. My name is Manuel Hogan and I’m the great-great-grandson of Jess Copeland, a runaway slave. I can read, write, and my belly is full. Most of all, I am FREE!"

She also highlighted the Kentucky Humanities Council "Our Lincoln" event presented last week at Washington's Kennedy Center; the Nebraska Humanities Council's four-day Lincoln celebration in Lincoln, featuring historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Mass Humanities' performance about the Lincoln-Douglas debates today at the State House in Boston; grants made by the Maryland Humanities Council to support Lincoln Bicentennial programming at Montgomery Community College; the New Hampshire Humanities Council's request for proposals about Lincoln; the West Virginia Humanities Council's series of Lincoln lectures; and the teacher resource on Lincoln and his bicentennial being developed by Humanities Texas.

NEH's Helen Agüera, of the Division of Preservation and Access, sent NEH staff links to newspaper articles published one hundred years ago, on Lincoln's centennial. Helen notes that they can be found in Chronicling America (, the website of historic newspapers produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program ( "NDNP is a grant program of the Division of Preservation and Access and is a partnership between the NEH, the Library of Congress, and state projects to enhance access to these important historical sources."

To enlarge the newspaper image, use the ZOOM feature (+) or the DRAW ZOOM BOX capability in the dark blue bar on top the newspaper page image. Alternatively, click on the PDF version to move around the page as you would in any other PDF image. To get to another page of the same issue, click on Previous Page | Next Page.

NEH's EDSITEment web portal has developed a Teaching Abraham Lincoln resource center for teachers and students.

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