This year marks the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the16th President of the United States. He was born on February 12, 1809 in relative obscurity in central Kentucky.
The National Park Service preserves and manages several areas that are both directly and indirectly related to the life and Presidency of Abraham Lincoln – the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky; Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois; Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.; and Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota.
“During this Bicentennial year of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, I invite everyone to visit one of the national park sites that preserve and commemorate the life and achievements of this great President,” said Dan Wenk, acting Director of the National Park Service.
“As a nation we celebrate the birth and achievements of this great American.”
The National Park Service has developed a web site for the public that will help provide a better understanding and appreciation for Abraham Lincoln. Log on to Celebrate the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Birth, to learn of the many special places managed by the National Park Service that commemorates the life of Abraham Lincoln.
In addition to a list of national park sites, the web site includes information and web links to books, photographs and documents related to Abraham Lincoln, as well as a link to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Many events are planned throughout the nation in 2009 that will provide opportunities to celebrate the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.