Our nation is getting ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, and Georgetown College has had a big hand in the events scheduled for his birth state. Considered by many to be the greatest leader in U.S. history, Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Hardin County (now LaRue), KY.

Thanks in part to a $76,000 Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission grant to Georgetown College’s Underground Railroad Research Institute last fall, 17 Kentucky teachers will join President Bill Crouch, members of Georgetown’s faculty, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the National Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in celebrating the official kick off of the three-year national Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Louisville, this Feb. 11 and Hodgenville Feb. 12.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, Dr. James C. Klotter, Kentucky State Historian and Professor of History at Georgetown College, will speak about “Kentucky’s Three Presidents” from 1:45 – 3 p.m. at the Hodgenville Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on all of the bicentennial events, go to kylincoln.org or www.lincolnbicentennial.gov.

The select Kentucky teachers will join those in Illinois and Indiana in creating a national teaching curriculum for their respective states, in addition to use by the national Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky teachers, and the general public.

Four teacher training workshops were hosted on our campus from September to this January and included the academic expertise of Georgetown faculty Dr. Rebecca Powell, Dr. Jon Dalager, Dr. Klotter, and UGRRI director Alicestyne Adams. The Kentucky teachers were charged with the task of creating a statewide teaching curriculum for students K-12. Completed lesson plans and resource guides will be posted on the KDE website as well as state and national Lincoln Bicentennial Commission websites beginning in the fall of 2008.