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WTVP to Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday With Local and National Programs During February

Thursday, January 29th, 2009



Peoria, ILWTVP 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 Circuit.

  • 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.

National Specials

  • 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 janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org 





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