Galesburg plans to celebrate Lincoln Bicentennial

Excerpt from the Springfield Journal-Register:

Festivities for Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday will last a year in Galesburg.

The celebration will start with Knox College’s commencement address at the 2008 graduation, said Karrie Heartlein, director of public relations. It will end after the 2009 commencement address.

“It seems to fit for us,” she said. “Lincoln was here at Knox. The Lincoln-Douglas debates were here at Knox.”

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.