Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

February 11th, 2009 - 12:12 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Abraham Lincoln Two centuries after Abraham Lincoln’s birth(on 12th February 1809), new Lincoln’s coins are minted. Lincoln has become a subject of an avalanche of new books. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of he legendary US president.

The US Postal Service released four new Lincoln stamps. Lincoln plays a major role in the US history for keeping the country together through its civil war and bringing an end to slavery. He was president from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.

Libraries, orchestra halls and museums across the country are all hosting their own parties for Thursday’s big 200. Celebrations years in the making have been energized by President Barack Obama, a fellow Illinoisan who refers constantly to Lincoln in speeches and even borrowed his Bible to take the oath of office.

‘When Obama talked so openly about Lincoln, his admiration for him, it brings Lincoln to life even more than he would have been otherwise,’ said historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose own Lincoln book ‘Team of Rivals’ got the kind of publicity authors dream of when Obama started putting together his own team of rivals, referring to Cabinet secretaries who once competed with him.

A few states like Delaware, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Hawaii are planning to celebrate the stake their own unique claim to Lincoln - whether they were states at the time or not.

In Washington, perhaps the two biggest events are the reopening of Ford’s Theatre the place where Lincoln was killed and after an 18-month renovation and a display at the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives of the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln to end slavery.

The busiest man for a few weeks will be Michael Krebs, aka Abraham Lincoln. ‘We do not have a day off until March 7, and then we are down to four to five days a week,’ said Krebs, a Chicago-based actor who travels all over the United States to perform at schools, libraries, museums and historical societies portraying Lincoln along with Debra Ann Miller’s Mary Todd Lincoln.

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