Schedule of Local Bicentennial Events

February 9, 2008

"Journey to Freedom: Performance of Negro Spirituals of the 19th Century"

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Elizabethtown Christian Academy - Elizabethtown, KY
This Hardin County History Museum performance is presented by the First Baptist Church (Hardin County's first black church). This is a free event.

Lincoln Homestead State Park

The state park is normally closed in winter, but will be open Feb. 9-12 in connection with the bicentennial kickoff. For information call 859-336-7461.

February 10, 2008

Our Lincoln: A Celebration for the Lincoln Bicentennial
Sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location:The Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky Campus - Lexington, KY
Featured will be the American Spiritual Ensemble, the Lexington Philharmonic and an act from a new Kentucky opera about Lincoln as a young man. Vignettes from Kentucky Chautauqua characters, a reading from Kentucky poet laureate Jane Gentry Vance and a cameo from Wade Hall's drama, One Man's Lincoln, performed by the Kentucky Repertory Theatre will also be presented. Tickets may be purchased at

February 11, 2008

"Lincoln and Farmington: An Enduring Friendship"

Time: 10:00 am
Location: Farmington Historic Plantation
The premiere of a powerful new exhibit highlighting the significance of Lincoln's friendship with Joshua Speed. Acclaimed Lincoln historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin will be present as the guest of honor. Limited seating, reservations preferred. Call 502-452-9920 or visit

‘Lincoln on Leadership’ Symposium
Sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and the Frazier International History Museum.

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Location:Henry Clay Hotel, Louisville, KY 502-992-3130

Featured Speaker: Historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin. This is part of the Premier Lincoln Package offered by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Tickets may be ordered online at or call 202-707-6998 for more information.

Gala Event - Champagne Reception and Celebration of Lincoln, (Tickets required)
Sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts – 501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY.
Soloist Soprano Angela Brown and the Louisville Orchestra Performance of "Lincoln Seen and Heard" with Sam Waterston and Harold Holzer. Tickets available from Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts –, 502-562-0100, 502-584-7777, Toll free, 1-800-775-7777, TDD, 502-562-0730, TTY, 502-562-0140, Accessibility hotline, 502-562-0111.

February 12, 2008

Color Guard Flag Ceremony and Wreath Laying – Hodgenville Lincoln Statue
Sponsored by the City of Hodgenville

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Hodgenville City Center – Hodgenville, KY
Free and open to the public

Launch of the National Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birth – Hosted by Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Time: 10:30 – noon
Location: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHS – 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, KY
First Lady Laura Bush will deliver remarks during the inaugural ceremony of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. State governors and other dignitaries are also expected. Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne will speak. Music will be provided by The American Spiritual Ensemble and Saxton's Cornet Band. Noted actor Sam Waterston and author, Doris Kearns Goodwin are special guests. Free and open to the public. Additional information and event updates at or 270-358-3137

Annual Lincoln Days Luncheon
Sponsored by Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc.

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Hodgenville, KY. First Lady Laura Bush will dedicated the school at 11:50 AM.
Limited Tickets available by calling Lincoln Days Celebration, 270-358-8710 or beginning 12/1/07 by website,

Unveiling Lincoln Heritage Trail
Sponsored by Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Hodgenville/LaRue County officials

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hodgenville City Center – Hodgenville, KY
State officials will unveil the Lincoln Heritage Trail marker in downtown Hodgenville. Downtown birthday party to follow. Free and open to the public. More information on the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail can be found at

Lincoln’s Legacy: A Musical Tribute
Sponsored by Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Historical Society and Humanities Council and the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Time: Dinner 7:00 p.m. – Concert 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center – Elizabethtown, KY
Tickets available from Hardin County Performing Arts Center 270-769-8837 or

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