FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WTVP to Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday
With Local and National Programs During February
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Peoria, IL — WTVP is joining in the two-year
celebration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with two
local programs and three national specials about the 16th
President and his legacy.
On Thursday, Feb. 12, WTVP will devote the evening to
local Lincoln specials:
Lincoln’s Illinois Scrapbook—airing
from 8-9:30 p.m.—will combine taped visits to Lincoln sites
in the state, a look at important Lincoln-related items held
by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in
Springfield, and commentary by a variety of guests on topics
ranging from Lincoln's life from New Salem until Congress
(1831 - 1846) to religious influences on Lincoln's life to
Lincoln's life as an attorney riding the Eighth Judicial
Lincoln and Douglas at Galesburg—The Great
Debate, a Knox College/WTVP production, will encore from
9:30-10 p.m. The half-hour program looks at the three-hour
October 1858 debate between Democratic U.S. Senator Stephen
A. Douglas and Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln on the
issues of slavery and popular sovereignty. While the State
Legislature returned Douglas to Washington, the debate
helped project Lincoln onto the national political stage.
Looking for Lincoln, a new two-hour
special, explores the life and legacy of the man widely
considered one of America’s best and most enigmatic
presidents. Hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates
Jr. with special contributions by Lincoln scholar Doris
Kearns Goodwin, the program addresses many of the
controversies surrounding Lincoln—race, equality, religion,
politics, depression—by carefully interpreting evidence from
those who knew him and those who study him today. Looking
for Lincoln airs on the eve of Lincoln’s 200th birthday,
Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 8-10 p.m.
American Experience presents “The
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln,” Monday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
This 90-minute film recounts a great American drama: two
tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the
heartache of Lincoln’s death.
Young Lincoln, a new half-hour
special, looks at how the joys and trials of Abraham
Lincoln's boyhood years formed his personality, shaped his
early political notions and molded his character—Sunday,
Feb. 1 at 10:30 p.m. and again Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 10 p.m.
For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or
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