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The Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Calendar of Events
2008-2009


Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Members
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The Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is a state-wide, 15-member commission established by Governor Jodi Rell to plan and organize events for the two-year celebration surrounding the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

To include your Lincoln Bicentennial events, please email gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu with information including title, date, time, location, a short description of the event, and contact information.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Jan Cohn Lecture: "Becoming Lincoln: The Conservative as Radical"
Part of "In Whose Symbolic Shadow We Stand," the Lincoln Bicentennial at Trinity College

4:15 pm, McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, Hartford, CT
James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center, and winner of the Lincoln Prize for his 2006 book, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Triumph of Antislavery Politics. For more information and to get involved, email Prof. Christopher Hager, Department of English, at christopher.hager [at] trincoll.edu or call 860-297-4141.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Doris Kearns Goodwin Book Talk and Discussion
7:00 p.m., Sacred Heart University's Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT
Sacred Heart University's Student Affairs Lecture Series will host Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will discuss her latest work, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for SHU students, staff and faculty (limited to 1 per person). For more information contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or alpf@sacredheart.edu.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery & Race, Public Discussion I
Part of "In Whose Symbolic Shadow We Stand," the Lincoln Bicentennial at Trinity College

12:15 pm (Common Hour), 2nd floor of Mather Hall at Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Lincoln stood at the center of the most fractious and challenging issues to face the U.S. not only in the nineteenth century but also in our own time. Visit www.trincoll.edu/TrinityAZ/common_hour/ for a full schedule of events. For more information and to get involved, email Prof. Christopher Hager, Department of English, at christopher.hager [at] trincoll.edu or call 860-297-4141.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"A Civil War Christmas" Sunday Symposium with David Blight and Paula Vogel
2:00 pm, Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT

Gilder Lehrman Center Director David Blight and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel lead a symposium following the matinee production of Vogel's new musical A Civil War Christmas. For information on the play and on obtaining tickets visit www.longwharf.org/season_08-09.html or call 203-787-4282.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Readings from Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan
4:00 pm, The Farmington River Literary Arts Center, 40 Mill Lane, Farmington, CT
The book Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan portrays Lincoln as the most literary of our presidents. Admission: $10 (Students $8) For directions visit www.frlac.org or for more information call 860-677-9662.
February 2009
Penny Drive
Campus Ministry Office, Hubert Campus Center, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Participate in a penny drive to benefit charity during the month of February in celebration of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. Sponsored by the AMC Office of Campus Ministry. For more information contact the Campus Ministry Office at (203) 773-8515.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A House Divided: Lincoln, Slavery, & African-Americans
2:00 pm, Trumbull Library's Community Room, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT 06611
Celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. David Koch, Instructor at Housatonic Community College and Civil War historian, will explore the perceptions and reality of Lincoln's known views on slavery and African-Americans to reveal a man who was capable of separating political and personal views when forming policy for the nation, offering a fascinating glimpse into the psychological effect of the presidency on the men who have held the office. Registration is required, so call the Trumbull Library at 452-5197 or online at www.trumbullct-library.org. For more information contact Nicole B. Cignoli at ncignoli@trumbull-ct.org.
Week of February 2, 2009
Glory Film Screening and Discussion
Date and Time TBD, Library at Mitchell College, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT

Part of the Lincoln and the Civil War Series sponsored by Mitchell College. Attend a brief pre-screening commentary about the film Glory and the complementing documentary American Experience: Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry. For more information contact Suzanne M. Risley at (860) 701-5155 or risley_s@mitchell.edu.
Monday, February 2 - Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lincoln Card Signing
11:00 am to 1:30 pm, Leever Student Center, Post University, 800 Country Club Road, Waterbury, CT
Send 200th Birthday greetings to the Land of Lincoln! To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on February 12, 2009, the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has asked people from around the world to send in birthday cards to be displayed at the Illinois State Capitol. Post University will host signature times the week before Lincoln's birthday. Come sign our hand-made card to send your personal wishes to this great leader of our nation! This event is open to all students and the public. For more information contact Erica Kluge at EKluge@Post.edu or call her at 203.596.8527.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Barack Obama and Reflections of Lincoln
4:00 pm, Torp Theatre(tentative), Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Peniel E. Joseph is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Brandeis University. This lecture is sponsored by the CCSU African American Studies Program. For more information contact Walton Brown-Foster at brownw@mail.ccsu.edu or call 860-832-2961.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lincoln's Rhetoric & Political Thought, Public Discussion II
Part of "In Whose Symbolic Shadow We Stand," the Lincoln Bicentennial at Trinity College
12:15 pm (Common Hour), 2nd floor of Mather Hall at Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Just weeks after the inauguration of a new U.S. President, we will consider Lincoln's rhetoric and political philosophy and their enduring impact on American politics and society. Visit www.trincoll.edu/TrinityAZ/common_hour/ for a full schedule of events. For more information and to get involved, email Prof. Christopher Hager, Department of English, at christopher.hager [at] trincoll.edu or call 860-297-4141.
Thursday February 5, 2009 (Postponed)
Her Words Changed the World: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Abraham Lincoln
5:00 pm, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT
Enjoy an interactive presentation by Katherine D. Kane, executive director of the Stowe Center, with rarely seen artifacts and documents recounting the 1862 meeting of Stowe and Lincoln. Prior to the presentation, view the "Her Words Changed the World" exhibit in the Katharine Day House (ongoing), part of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House Tour, through November 2009. For more information call 860-522-9259 or visit www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Open VISIONS Forum with Harold Holzer
8:00 pm, The Regina A. Quick Center, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Lecture by Harold Holzer, Lincoln Biographer and Senior Vice President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. To purchase tickets, call the Regina A. Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll free 1-877-278-7396, or visit their website at www.quickcenter.com/. For additional information contact Professor Philip Eliasoph at PIEliasoph@mail.fairfield.edu.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Lincoln Douglas Debates for Today
7:00 pm, Location TBD, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

A student reenactment of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Other events (dates and locations TBD) at Eastern Connecticut State University include Andersonville Dead from Norwich, Connecticut, an original play researched, written, produced, and performed by ECSU students, and a faculty panel on "Evolution of Civil Rights from 1858 to 2009," featuring William Salka, Stacey Close, Nicole Krassas. For more information visit http://academicaffairs.easternct.edu/LincolnBicentennialEvents.html or call 860-465-5245.
Monday, February 9, 2009
No Vain Pomp and Ceremony: A Forum on the Relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
12:30 p.m., Housatonic Community College, Events Center in Beacon Hall, Room 214B, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT

This event will examine the relationship between two of the most influential men of their time, President Abraham Lincoln and leading abolitionist and African-American activist Frederick Douglass. Panelists include: David Koch, Moderator- Instructor of History; Dr. Don Rogers- Adjunct Instructor of History; Samantha Mannion, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program/ Professor of Criminal Justice and Political Science; Reverend Robert Lampkin- Adjunct Instructor of History; and Dr. David Canton- Adjunct Instructor of History. For more information on this forum, please contact Professor David Koch at 203-332-5170 or dkoch@hcc.commnet.edu.
Week of February 9, 2009
American Experience – Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Film Screening and Lecture
Date and Time TBD, Library at Mitchell College, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
Part of the Lincoln and the Civil War Series sponsored by Mitchell College. Attend a screening of the documentary followed by a short lecture, focusing on the contrasts between the feature film and the documentary, with audience dialog to follow. For more information contact Suzanne M. Risley at (860) 701-5155 or risley_s@mitchell.edu.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Lincoln 200th Birthday Party
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Cyber Cafe, Post University, 800 Country Club Road, Waterbury, CT
How do you celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's greatest leaders? Throw a party!!! Come join us for birthday cake and abbreviated showing of the Discovery Channel's special, "Gettysburg: The Battle and The Address." Learn more about the tremendous impact Lincoln had (and continues to have) on our great nation, and join in our discussion headed by Professor Baney, who will also share his copy of the first draft of Lincoln's address, along with his Gettysburg game board simulation. History and birthday cake...the perfect combo for students! This event is open to all students and the public. For more information contact Erica Kluge at EKluge@Post.edu or call her at 203.596.8527.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Stories of Lincoln
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Cyber Cafe, Post University, 800 Country Club Road, Waterbury, CT
Post University welcomes 50 local children to the Cyber CafŽ for The Stories of Lincoln! Post University students dressed in period-appropriate costumes will read stories of our great national leader. All children will be given a Lincoln-style top hat and cookies for a snack. This event is open to all students and the public. For more information contact Erica Kluge at EKluge@Post.edu or call her at 203.596.8527.
Wednesday, February, 11, 2009
Looking for Lincoln PBS Premier
9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Public media provider WNET.ORG <http://www.wnet.org/> is playing a major role in the nationwide Lincoln Bicentennial celebration in 2009 with Looking for Lincoln, an unprecedented two-hour broadcast, online, and outreach project that explores the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best and most enigmatic presidents. The documentary, hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln - race, equality, religion, politics, and depression - by carefully interpreting evidence from those who knew him and those who study him today. It premieres on the eve of Lincoln's 200th birthday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration
7:00 p.m., Silas Bronson Library - Main Reading Room, 267 Grand St., Waterbury, CT
This celebration event features an Abe Lincoln re-enactor. General audience. Admission is free. The library is handicapped accessible. Free evening parking. For more information contact Anita Bologna, Silas Bronson Library Reference Librarian/Coordinator of Adult Programs, at 203 574 8233 or abologna@waterburyct.org.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
"Lincoln's Youth" Children's Workshop
10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
This workshop reveals for children how our 16th president spent his childhood years on the frontier, helping his father to clear land, chop wood and build. Greenwich resident and architect Carl Mecky will pose as President Lincoln and lead children in the building of a model log cabin using natural wood and glue. Learn about different kinds of wood and cabin structures built in the early 1800s. Cost: $15 per child and $10 per Greenwich Historical Society family member. Reservations are required. To register, call 203-869-6899, ext 18. Lincoln toys and items will be available for purchase throughout the week. Children are also invited to donate Lincoln pennies to the Historical Society's Pennies for Programs drive to support the educational programs at Bush-Holley Historic Site. For more information visit www.bush-holley.org.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
President Lincoln's Text Message
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, University of Connecticut, Alumni House, Great Hall, Storrs, CT
A delivery of Lincoln's Second Inaugural address, March 4, 1865. Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Symposium. For more information contact Richard Brown at richard.d.brown@uconn.edu or call 860.486.9059.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium & Reception
4:00 p.m., Southern Connecticut State University, Hilton C. Buley Library, Periodical Reading Room, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT
The event will feature two SCSU faculty members who will speak on two different topics related to President Abraham Lincoln. Hugh Davis, professor of history, will talk on "Abraham Lincoln: America's Greatest President?" Clyde P. Weed, associate professor of political science, will speak on "The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln in 2009." A reception will follow. Davis is a prize-winning author of two biographies of important figures in the anti-slavery movement and is an expert on 19th century America. Weed specializes in U.S. government and politics, is a leading author on the Republican Party, and is the great, great grandson of Lincoln's campaign manager, Thurlow Weed. For further information, contact Bruce Kalk, associate dean of the SCSU School of Arts & Sciences, who will serve as moderator, at (203) 392-5468 or at kalkb1@southernct.edu. Media may contact Joe Musante, associate director of public affairs, at (203) 392-5073 or at musantej1@southernct.edu.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"Honoring Lincoln" Children's Workshop
10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
In this workshop, children will design and emboss a large coin from thin metal in the style of the Lincoln penny, which was introduced by the U.S. Treasury in 1909 in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. They will also create their own design based on the $5 bill, and will have fun posing as Lincoln in costume for a photograph keepsake. Cost: $15 per child and $10 Greenwich Historical Society family member. Reservations are required. To register, call 203-869-6899, ext 18. Lincoln toys and items will be available for purchase throughout the week. Children are also invited to donate Lincoln pennies to the Historical Society's Pennies for Programs drive to support the educational programs at Bush-Holley Historic Site. For more information visit www.bush-holley.org.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: Book Talk and Discussion with John Stauffer
5:45 pm, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Join John Stauffer, Professor of History at Harvard University, as he discusses his book The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Part of the Lincolnmania! celebration of the opening of the exhibition "Lincoln: Man, Myth, and Memory." Co-sponsored by the Amistad Center for Art & Culture and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. For more information visit www.amistadartandculture.org or call 860-838-4133.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lincolnmania! An all-day celebration of the opening of the exhibition "Lincoln: Man, Myth, and Memory"
11:00 am-7:00 pm, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Enjoy a day-long event featuring a variety of programs for different age groups including tours of the exhibition, which is funded by the Lincoln Financial Group. Lincoln interpreter Howard Wright will be on hand to educate and engage visitors. Free for members of The Amistad Center or Wadsworth Atheneum. For more information visit amistadartandculture.org/ or call 860-838-4133.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Conference on Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
3-4:30 pm, University of Connecticut, Alumni House, 2384 Alumni Drive, Storrs, CT

Speakers to include Harry Stout, Professor of History, Yale University and a panel discussion with John Stauffer, Professor of American Civilization, Harvard University; Christopher Clark, Professor of American History, University of Connecticut; Wayne Franklin, Professor of American Literature, University of Connecticut; Lawrence Goodheart, Professor of American History, University of Connecticut; Robert A. Gross, Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut; and Professor Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor of African American History, University of Connecticut; moderated by Richard D. Brown, Director, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. Reception to follow. For more information, contact Richard D. Brown at Richard.D.Brown@UConn.edu or call 860-486-9057.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Daniel Bernard Roumain Performance "Darwin's Meditation for the People of Lincoln"
8:00 pm, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs

This multi-media presentation is a musical examination of the literal and imagined relationship between Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, who were born within hours of one another on the same day, and the people of the United States born after the end of the Civil War. Known for fusing his classical music roots with a myriad of soundscapes, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain's (DBR) dramatic soul-inspiring pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works to rock songs and electronica. Serving as the ultimate classical-urban ambassador, DBR seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into a new, personal sonic vision, which continues to capture new music lovers worldwide. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Jorgensen Box Office at 860-486-4226 or visit jorgensen.uconn.edu/events/view.php?id=120.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Remembering Lincoln, Public Discussion III Part of "In Whose Symbolic Shadow We Stand," the Lincoln Bicentennial at Trinity College
12:15 pm (Common Hour), 2nd floor of Mather Hall at Trinity College in Hartford

How do we mark historical anniversaries, and what do such observances tell us about cultural memory? What does the ubiquitous image of Abraham Lincoln signify in the contemporary U.S.? Visit www.trincoll.edu/TrinityAZ/common_hour/ for a full schedule of events. For more information and to get involved, email Prof. Christopher Hager, Department of English, at christopher.hager [at] trincoll.edu or call 860-297-4141.
Thursday, February 12, 2009 — April 18, 2009
Exhibition: Remembering Lincoln, Considering Soldiers, Then and Now
Tuesday — Friday, 12pm - 5pm and Saturday, 9am — 5pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT

This small exhibition uses objects along with the words and images of American soldiers during the Civil War and the present to encourage visitors to reflect on how "the honored dead" are remembered and memorialized both then and now. CHS's famous Lincoln Assassination flag, another rare Civil War-era flag, as well as original documents, photographs, prints, and contemporary art and artifacts will be on display.
Made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
On Lincoln's Theology: Lecture and book signing by Yale Professor David Gelernter Part of "Homing In: Memory, Place & Patriotism," The Pardee Winter Lecture Series
5:30 pm, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT
For a man who did not often attend church and was even ambiguous about his religious leanings, President Abraham Lincoln sure knew his way around scripture, weaving it into his speech and writings like few political leaders in our nation's history. Gelernter, author of Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion, makes the case for Lincoln as a theological leader as influential as Jonathan Edwards or Timothy Dwight. Gelernter examines the role of religion in American life and values. Followed by a book signing and reception. A $5 contribution is requested, but not required. For more information call 203-562-4183 x 11 or email info@newhavenmuseum.org.
Thursday, February 12 to Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Library Exhibition: "Lincoln in Connecticut and the Struggle for Freedom and Equality of Connecticut's African American Citizens."
Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Southern Connecticut State University's Hilton C. Buley Library, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT
The exhibit will focus on primary sources and be on display on the ground floor of the library on Feb. 12. It will then move to the first floor of the library the following day and for the remainder of the exhibit. At the conclusion of the exhibit, it will be digitized as part of Buley's Research Guides to assist students who are researching the topic. For more information, contact Alba Reynaga at (203) 392-5134 or at reynagaa1@southernct.edu. Media may contact Joe Musante, assistant director of public affairs, at (203) 392-5073 or at musantej1@southernct.edu.
February 12 - 28, 2009
Abraham Lincoln Student Art Show and Book Exhibition
Rosary Hall (Campus Library), Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
This exhibition will showcase work created by AMC students inspired by Abraham Lincoln's speeches and writings. It will also include books and memorabilia about Lincoln's life from the AMC Library collection. For more information contact the campus library at (203) 773-8511.
Friday, February 13, 2009
"From Railsplitter to President:" A Performance by Lou Del Bianco as Abraham Lincoln
10:00 am, Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
In a 45-minute interactive dramatic program, the actor-storyteller portrays Lincoln as Civil War President, frontiersman and storyteller. Lincoln's values.....honesty, love of family, thirst for education, sense of justice and perseverance are demonstrated in this dynamic presentation. The whole family is invited to attend the program which will be followed by birthday cake and a Lincoln puppet-making activity. Cost: $15 per child and $10 per Greenwich Historical Society family member. Reservations are required. To register, call 203-869-6899, ext 18. Lincoln toys and items will be available for purchase throughout the week. Children are also invited to donate Lincoln pennies to the Historical Society's Pennies for Programs drive to support the educational programs at Bush-Holley Historic Site. For more information visit www.bush-holley.org.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Abraham Lincoln: Tragedy, Fate, and Myth
12:10 pm, St. Albert Atrium, Tagliatela Academic Center, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Lecture by Dr. Robert Bourgeois, Assistant Professor of Humanities. A Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership Faculty Forum. Light lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m. To reserve your seat call 203-773-8502 or e-mail alumni@albertus.edu. This event is free and open to the public.
Week of February 16, 2009
Dramatic Readings from Our American Cousin
Date and Time TBD, Library at Mitchell College, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
Part of the Lincoln and the Civil War Series sponsored by Mitchell College. Enjoy dramatic readings, commentary, and period music from the new opera Our American Cousin by Eric Sawyer and John Shoptaw. For more information contact Suzanne M. Risley at (860) 701-5155 or risley_s@mitchell.edu.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lecture: Citizen Soldiers, the Flag, Wars, and Presidents
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT
War has helped define the boundaries of citizenship and national identity for Americans from the earliest years of the country. Citizenship debates fueled the Civil War and other major American wars, including the current war on terror. In this program Dr. Kristin Hass, Assistant Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan and Dr. Frank Mitchell, historian and curator, will expand upon the dialogue that is the foundation of CHS's exhibit, Remembering Lincoln, Considering Soldiers, Then and Now. They'll discuss the use of citizenship rhetoric and symbols of national identity during the Civil War and similar symbols today. They'll debate the strengths and flaws of campaigns and consider the new possibilities of imagining American citizenship with President Obama and a "First Family" of African descent. Made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council. $3 members, seniors and students; $6 adults. Reservations recommended: (860) 236-5621, ext. 238
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lincoln, The Lawyer: Talk by Superior Court Judge Henry S. Cohn
2:00 pm, Regents Senior Group, Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT
Abraham Lincoln practiced law for 25 years, over 5 times longer than he served as president. This lecture will discuss Lincoln 's legal career, including his achievements and life lessons for us today. For more information contact Attorney Sidney Kaye at 860-561-3141.
Week of February 23, 2009
Lecture by Randy Whittingstall
Date and Time TBD, Library at Mitchell College, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
Part of the Lincoln and the Civil War Series sponsored by Mitchell College. A presentation by Randy Whittingstall, Professor of Criminal Justice at Mitchell College, focuses on the implications of Lincoln's assassination on the American justice system. For more information contact Suzanne M. Risley at (860) 701-5155 or risley_s@mitchell.edu.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Public Lecture by Justice Frank J. Williams
4:30 pm, Mitchell College Weller Center, New London, CT

Justice Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and notable Abraham Lincoln scholar and author will deliver a lecture based on his book entitled Judging Lincoln, published in 2002. His most recent book is The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views. In addition to being a prolific Lincoln author, Justice Williams is a member of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and chaired The Lincoln Forum. He also served as President of the Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln Associations. President Bush appointed Williams in 2003 through the Secretary of Defense to be a member of the United States Court of Military Commission Review. As of July 2007, he replaced Griffin Bell as the Chief Judge. For more information email Mary Loose at Loose_M@mitchell.edu or call (860) 701-7714.
Sunday March 8, 2009
Lincoln is Coming ! Lincoln is Coming to Bridgeport!!
2:00 pm, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT
Howard Wright will re-enact Lincoln's Bridgeport Campaign Speech that was originally delivered on March 10, 1860 at the current McLevy Hall located in downtown Bridgeport. Professor Emeritus Michael A. Burlingame of Connecticut College will discuss his new two-volume biography of the President, Abraham Lincoln : A Life. Public Admission, $7.00. Friends of Bridgeport Public Library $5.00 (Proceeds to benefit FBL). Bridgeport teachers receive free admission (CEU's given), and students free with student ID. For more information visit http://www.theklein.org/ or call 203-319-1404, ext. 309.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The Gettysburg Address for Orchestra and Narrator
3:00 pm (Doors open at 2:15 pm), The Bruyette Athenaeum's Hoffman Auditorium in the Carol Autorino Arts Center at St. Joseph College, West Hartford
The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of The Gettysburg Address for Orchestra and Narrator, composed by Richard Chiarappa. For more information and tickets visit www.whso.org or call 860-521-4362.
Monday, March 9, 2009
1860 Lincoln Lecture Tour
7:00 pm, Slater Museum, 108 Crescent St, Norwich, CT
Abraham Lincoln traveled through Connecticut during March of 1860 and spoke in Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Norwich, and Bridgeport. Michael Burlingame and Howard Wright, Co-chairs of the CALBC, will retrace Lincoln's steps and deliver a similar program in each of the five cities. The two co-chairs will combine efforts in this unique event: Burlingame will present a scholarly analysis of Lincoln and his words, and Wright, dressed as Lincoln and speaking with a Kentucky accent, will recite a selection of speeches and other writings by the 16th president. For more information contact Vic Putsch at pbutsch@sbcglobal.net or call (860) 887-2506.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, History, and Culture: "The Life of Abraham Lincoln: New Findings, Fresh Perspectives"
Part of "In Whose Symbolic Shadow We Stand," the Lincoln Bicentennial at Trinity College
7:30 pm, McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Michael Burlingame is Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus, Connecticut College; Co-Chair, Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and State Liaison to the National Commission; and author of the two-volume Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). For more information and to get involved, email Prof. J. Ronald Spencer, Director, Special Academic Projects & Lecturer in History at Ronald.Spencer@trincoll.edu or call 860-297-4141.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Lincoln and Emancipation Lecture by Richard Allan Gerber
7:00 pm, Charter Oak State College, 55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053
Dr. Richard Allan Gerber discusses three aspects of Lincoln's presidency: Lincoln the Politician, Lincoln's use of innovative extensions of executive power, and the Emancipation Process. This event is free and open to the public. Those unavailable to attend may view a webcast at www.charteroak.edu by clicking on "Lincoln and Emancipation."
Friday, April 3, 2009
Abraham Lincoln and the United States Constitution
12:10 p.m. St. Albert Atrium, Tagliatela Academic Center, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Michael Burlingame, Sadowski Professor Emeritus of History, Connecticut College, will speak on the impact that Abraham Lincoln's presidency had on how the Constitution is read and interpreted. A former Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Scholar, Professor Burlingame is on the Board of Directors at the Abraham Lincoln Association and is the author of numerous biographies on Lincoln. His latest multi-volume work, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, was published in December, 2008 to rave reviews. Light lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m. To reserve your seat call 203-773-8502 or e-mail alumni@albertus.edu. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Presidential Ball of the Rebellion
6:30-11:00 pm, Community Room, Cromwell Town Hall, 43 West Street, Cromwell, CT Sponsored by the Cromwell Historical Society.
Juleps & Viragoes, the living history department of the Cromwell Historical Society at the 1853 Stevens-Frisbie House, cordially invites you to attend the premier event of the 1863 social season: The Ball of the Rebellion. While period attire is encouraged and admired, formal attire of the twenty-first century will be equally at home. Dressing rooms are available at the Hall. Any questions regarding attire of any kind may be addressed to R. Bayreuther Donohue, Elizabeth Giard or Richard F. Donohue at the Cromwell Historical Society. A generous refreshment buffet midway through the evening will revive even the weariest bell or gallant, and President Lincoln himself will be there to greet all! Admission: $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door. For further details please visit www.cromwellhistory.org/ or call (860) 635-0501.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
In Response to Lincoln's Call: Dorothea Dix and American Civil War Nurses
Public Lecture by Jennifer Cote, Assistant Professor of History, Saint Joseph College
7:00 pm, Bruyette Reception Room, Auterino Center, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Abraham Lincoln petitioned for 75,000 volunteers to assist in the war effort. Among the responders was Dorothea Dix, a reformer and expert on illness and mental health, who, despite being 59, received the commission to superintend the Army hospital nurses. Despite Dix's insistence on only hiring women and her insistence that these women meet a range of peculiar criteria, she commanded over 3,000 nurses over the course of the war, deliberately flaunting bureaucratic policies of the military but dramatically improving soldier care in Lincoln's war. For more information call 860-231-5766.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"Return to Ford's Theatre: Authenticating the Lincoln Assassination Flag"
6:30 pm, Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT

On July 5th, 2001, the Connecticut Historical Society convened a press conference to announce the discovery of an important flag in its collection — one of five flags used to decorate the Presidential box at Ford's Theatre on the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. CHS's Florence S. Marcy Crofut Director of Collections Development, Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer will trace the history sleuthing that led to the rediscovery and authentication of this flag, its painstaking conservation, and its international celebrity culminating with a feature article on the front page of the New York Times and an appearance on the Today show!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
1860 Lincoln Lecture Tour: Meriden, CT
1:00 pm, Daffodil Festival Events Tent in Hubbard Park, West Main Street, Meriden, CT
Abraham Lincoln traveled through Connecticut during March of 1860 and spoke in Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Norwich, and Bridgeport. Michael Burlingame and Howard Wright, co-chairs of the CALBC, will retrace Lincoln's steps and deliver a similar program in each of the five cities. The two co-chairs will combine efforts in this unique address to the citizens of Meriden: Professor Burlingame will present a scholarly analysis of Lincoln and his words, and Mr. Wright, dressed as Lincoln, will recite a selection of speeches and other writings by the 16th president. This event is sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and in conjunction with the Meriden Daffodil Festival. For additional information contact Ruth Borsuk, editor for The Meriden Historical Society, at meridenhistoricalsociety@gmail.com; Lesley Solkoske, President of the Meriden Historical Society, at lgsolkoske@cox.net; or Jackie Fordiani of The Meriden Daffodil Festival at JackieFordiani@ci.meriden.ct.us.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Law Day Ceremony: Talk by Superior Court Judge Henry S. Cohn
10:00 am, New Britain Superior Court, 20 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT

This talk will summarize Lincoln 's legal career with some examples from his practice and some lessons for lawyers today. For more information contact Attorney Kevin Hines at 203-250-2000.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Civil War Encampment
10:00 am — 4:00 pm, Torrington Historical Society, Torrington, CT

The Civil War reenacting community offers the first of three major living history encampments in honor of President Lincoln's Bicentennial Celebration. The program at each location will include military and civilian presentations; book signings by Civil War authors and first person presenters, as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Governor and Mrs. William Buckingham, Mark Twain, etc. and local craftsmen and artisans. In attendance will be renowned Lincoln scholar, Michael Burlingame and renowned Lincoln artist, Wendy Allen. Each encampment will serve also as a venue for the public to view the unique program offerings of each host site and special exhibits dedicated to Lincoln. For further information, email irvingmoy@yahoo.com or call 860-482-8260. Encampment hosted by the Connecticut Civil War Round Table.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Harriet Beecher Stowe Birthday Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT
Celebrate Harriet Beecher Stowe's Birthday with special guest President Abraham Lincoln. Witness living history presentations, stroll the gardens, visit Stowe's home and participate in Victorian lawn games. This is a free community event. For more information call 860-522-9259 or visit www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Civil War Encampment
10:00 am — 4:00 pm, Fort Trumbull, New London, CT

The Civil War reenacting community offers the second of three major living history encampments in honor of President Lincoln's Bicentennial Celebration. The program at each location will include military and civilian presentations; book signings by Civil War authors and first person presenters, as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Governor and Mrs. William Buckingham, Mark Twain, etc. and local craftsmen and artisans. In attendance will be renowned Lincoln scholar, Michael Burlingame and renowned Lincoln artist, Wendy Allen. Each encampment will serve also as a venue for the public to view the unique program offerings of each host site and special exhibits dedicated to Lincoln. For further information, email irvingmoy@yahoo.com or call 860-444-7591. Encampment hosted by the 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Civil War Military Life at Fort Trumbull
9:00 am — 2:00 pm, Fort Trumbull, New London, CT

The Connecticut regiments will offer to the public an additional day of military life at Fort Trumbull with drilling, firing demonstrations, as well as various presentations on the rifled musket and how it changed the tactics of the Civil War. Hosted by the 8th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. At 3 pm the Friends of Fort Trumbull will sponsor a Free Concert in the Fort Inner Courtyard by Tom Callinan, an award-winning singer /songwriter and storyteller. Participants are asked to bring folding chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Visitor's Center. For more information visit www.fortfriends.org.
Saturday and Sunday, September 12 - 13, 2009
Civil War Living History Weekend
Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut, 11 am - 4 pm
Military and civilian, Union and Confederate, re-enactors and sutlers are invited to participate in Roseland Cottage's Civil War Living History Weekend, marking the 9th year Roseland Cottage has hosted a Civil War weekend. Built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style, Roseland Cottage is a historic house museum that depicts the summer life of the prosperous Henry C. Bowen family. Bowen, a native of Woodstock, was a successful New York merchant and publisher of the anti-slavery weekly journal, The Independent. The site features over 1.5 acres of land for drills, skirmishes and demonstrations; indoor space is available for special displays; and a special tour of the house museum is available to participants on Sunday, September 13, at 10 am.áPre-registration is required of participating groups and individuals. For more information and to register to participate, please contact Lisa Centola, Roseland Cottage Site Manager, at 860.928.4074 or via email at LCentola@HistoricNewEngland.org.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Lincoln and the Civil War: The Constitution in Peril
12:10 p.m., Location TBD, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Lecture by Michael T. Geary, J.D., Coordinator, A.M.C. Criminal Justice Program. Light lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m. To reserve your seat call 203-773-8502 or e-mail alumni@albertus.edu. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1860 Lincoln Lecture Tour: Hartford, CT
7:00PM, Wilde Hall at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT
Abraham Lincoln traveled through Connecticut during March of 1860 and spoke in Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Norwich, and Bridgeport. Michael Burlingame and Howard Wright, co-chairs of the CALBC, will retrace Lincoln's steps and deliver a similar program in each of the five cities. The two co-chairs will combine efforts in this unique event: Burlingame will present a scholarly analysis of Lincoln and his words, and Wright, dressed as Lincoln, will recite a selection of speeches and other writings by the 16th president. For more information contact Donn Weinholtz at weinholtz@hartford.edu.
Fall 2009
Salons at Stowe Fall series: "Blue States, Red States… United States?"
Dates and Times TBD, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT
Featured guests TBD. In his historic November 4, 2008 speech, President-elect Barack Obama noted, "As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection." The parlor conversation will consider this challenge. For more information call 860-522-9259 or visit www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Civil War Encampment
10:00 am — 4:00 pm, The Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT

The Civil War reenacting community offers the third of three major living history encampments in honor of President Lincoln's Bicentennial Celebration. The program at each location includes military and civilian presentations; book signings by Civil War authors and first person presenters, as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Governor and Mrs. William Buckingham, Mark Twain, and local craftsmen and artisans. In attendance will be renowned Lincoln scholar, Michael Burlingame and renowned Lincoln artist, Wendy Allen. Each encampment will serve also as a venue for the public to view the unique program offerings of each host site and special exhibits dedicated to Lincoln. For further information, email irvingmoy@yahoo.com or call 860-236-5621. Encampment hosted by the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
1860 Lincoln Lecture Tour
6:00 pm, New Haven Historical Society, 144 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Abraham Lincoln traveled through Connecticut during March of 1860 and spoke in Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Norwich, and Bridgeport. Michael Burlingame and Howard Wright, Co-chairs of the CALBC, will retrace Lincoln's steps and deliver a similar program in each of the five cities. The two co-chairs will combine efforts in this unique event: Burlingame will present a scholarly analysis of Lincoln and his words, and Wright, dressed as Lincoln and speaking with a Kentucky accent, will recite a selection of speeches and other writings by the 16th president. For more information contact Ben Breton at education@newhavenmuseum.org or call (203) 562-4183.



Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Members

Executive Order #20

  • Martha Brackeen-Harris, Renbrook School
  • Walton Brown-Foster, Central Connecticut State University
  • Michael Burlingame, Connecticut College
    • CALBC, Co-chair
    • State Liaison to the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
  • Lisa Curran, Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Katherine Kane, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • Irving Moy, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
  • Blair Pavlik, Connecticut Civil War Round Table
  • Mary Lou Pavlik, Connecticut Civil War Round Table
  • Andrea Rapacz, Connecticut Historical Society
  • Dana L. Schaffer, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
  • Bruce M. Stave, University of Connecticut
  • J. Ronald Spencer, Trinity College
  • Olivia S. White, The Amistad Center for Art and Culture
  • Walter Woodward, University of Connecticut
    • Connecticut State Historian
  • Howard Wright, Association of Lincoln Presenters
    • CALBC, Co-chair

Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Agenda and Minutes



Important Links

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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth this February 2009 with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's free classroom poster! The front side, suitable for classroom display, is a portrait of Lincoln, while the reverse contains resources for educators, offering suggestions for incorporating Lincoln's legacy into the classroom. To request this poster, please call (202) 707-6998 or visit www.abrahamlincoln200.org/ and click on For Teachers.

On the website, you can also sign up to participate in the Lincoln Legacy School recognition program. To participate, submit your plans to celebrate the Bicentennial using the application found on our website. Schools that apply for the Lincoln Legacy School program will receive a certificate for framing and will be listed in a national register. Join us in celebrating our greatest American president and help our students honor Lincoln's legacy of freedom, democracy and equality of opportunity!





Lincoln image on the web banner by Wendy Allen, courtesy of Lincoln Financial Group.