By Richard E. Hart
After February 12, 2009, many Lincoln aficionados took a deep breath and secretly thought, ―Thank goodness that is over.‖ But it was only the beginning of the many Bicentennial celebrations of Lincoln‘s birth. The annual ALA banquet in Springfield on February 12, 2010, will mark the conclusion of that year. Then you may take a deep breath.
But take your deep breath quickly, as there is little time between the Bicentennial‘s conclusion and the beginning of the five-year Sesquicentennial of Lincoln‘s Presidency. On November 6, 2010, we will observe the 150th anniversary of Lincoln‘s election to the Presidency and the beginning of a five-year Sesquicentennial commemoration of his Presidency.
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