Bicentennial summer taking shape at historic sites

By JOHN FRIEDLEIN

Sunday, April 27, 2008

HODGENVILLE — The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace park recently announced its summer programming — which this year surely will draw larger crowds than usual because of the buzz surrounding the two-year bicentennial birthday celebration.

Among the scheduled events are three costumed reenactments on Aug. 21 of the first debate between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

"It is a first-rate presentation," said Sandy Brue, the park's chief of interpretation and resource management. This is the 150th anniversary of the famous debates between the Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate.

Other events include a LaRue County High School band performance at the foot of the memorial building at 2 p.m. May 24 and a musical tribute with "period and patriot songs" at 5 p.m. July 4.

And starting May 26, the Knob Creek Boyhood Home will be staffed daily and the birthplace will offer four tours a day. During these outings, park guides will tell the story of Lincoln's Kentucky experience, tying in the state's other Lincoln sites.

Brue said the number and size of groups visiting the park have increased this year. The park hasn't yet compiled specific numbers.

The attention surrounding the bicentennial also is drawing conferences and other meetings to the park's facilities — including a June booking of 350 district court judges.

LEARN MORE

For more information about programming at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic site, visit: www.nps.gov/abli/planyourvisit/events.htm; or call (270) 358-3137.

John Friedlein can be reached at (270) 505-1746, or at jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com.

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