Festivities for Abraham Lincolnâ€™s 200th birthday will last a year in Galesburg.
The celebration will start with Knox Collegeâ€™s commencement address at the 2008 graduation, said Karrie Heartlein, director of public relations. It will end after the 2009 commencement address.
â€œIt seems to fit for us,â€ she said. â€œLincoln was here at Knox. The Lincoln-Douglas debates were here at Knox.â€
Old Main, built in 1857, is the only site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates that is still standing. The college also plans to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the debates during 2008.
The story also ran in the Galesburg Register-Mail and the Peoria Journal Star.