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Thursday, February 12, 2004

A Lincoln

On this day 195 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room cabin in Kentucky. Later, he adopted Springfield as his hometown, and Springfield adopted him as its favorite son.

When I was a kid, all Illinois school children got a day off from school for Linocln's birthday. They put a stop to that practice with the advent of Presidents Day.

Despite the shift to honoring all presidents on Presidents' Day, Abe's birthday is a major event around here. Almost as big as Republican Day at the state fair. For instance, today was the Republican Breakfast, the Republican Lunch, the Republican Dinner, and the Republican Bedtime Snack. Just kidding.

Some excellent Lincoln links:

Note: The Library is not yet open to the public, even though they had the grand opening almost a year and a half ago. The museum is still under construction.

Correction: Lincoln's birthday is still a school holiday in Illinois. Thanks, Katherine!

Posted by Marie at February 12, 2004 11:19 PM


Hi Marie,

Lincoln's Birthday is a State Holiday and Illinois kids still get it off.
Calendar District #186

Take care,

Posted by: Katherine at February 13, 2004 2:04 PM

You are always the historian. Thanks for keeping these old brain cells educated. Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Posted by: Don at February 15, 2004 10:04 AM