FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S 200TH BIRTHDAY

Free lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin to cap celebration

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to the City's annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration, which is expanding to five days in 2009 to mark President Lincoln's 200th birthday. "As the largest city in the world to be named for this beloved leader, Lincoln, Nebraska is proud to present '10 Score,' a once-in-a-lifetime festival," Beutler said.

Events include:

February 11 - NET, Nebraska's PBS station, in partnership with the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will premiere a two-hour documentary on the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best and most enigmatic presidents. "Looking For Lincoln" begins at 7 p.m. at the Ross. It addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln about race, equality, religion, politics and depression by carefully interpreting evidence from those who study him today.

"Looking for Lincoln" is a production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Ark Media. Sole corporate funding for "Looking for Lincoln" is provided by State Farm. Major funding is provided by CPB and PBS. Additional funding for educational outreach is provided by the Motorola Foundation.



February 12 - The Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center. This will be their third appearance in Lincoln. They have performed on "A Prairie Home Companion" and their own public radio specials and have worked on soundtracks for films and for Ken Burns's documentaries. Admission charged.



February 13 - "Civil War Voices," a new musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on the Lied main stage. The piece was written by Lincoln attorney Jim Harris based on Civil War correspondence, including some from the playwright's great-great uncle. Internationally-known composer Mark Hayes of Kansas City arranged the music. Admission charged.



February 14 - The annual free Family Day event will include music and dancing from the Smith Family Band, which has performed for six previous celebrations. Also returning is local favorite Chris Sayre, the only musician who has performed at all previous eight celebrations. Illinois actors Michael Krebs and Debra Ann Miller will return as the President and Mary Todd Lincoln. They performed in Lincoln in 2007. The event also will include Civil War re-enactors, historical exhibits, children's activities and the annual Lincoln impersonators contest. This afternoon event will be at Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th Street.



February 15 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will give a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center. Her latest book, "Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" was a number one New York Times bestseller.