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Lincoln Bicentennial in North Dakota

The 200th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, is fast approaching. The story of Lincoln’s life is one of commitment to the ideals of freedom, democracy, human rights, and equal opportunity for all. Lincoln’s unwavering support for preserving the Union and his courageous actions to end slavery are the achievements for which he is best remembered.

The state’s commemoration of the Lincoln Bicentennial will be in conjunction with the official national commemoration dates, which begins with a major event at his birthplace in Kentucky on February 12, 2008, continuing through February 12, 2010. North Dakota’s major focus will be during the period leading up to and including Lincoln’s 200th birthday on February 12, 2009.

Although Lincoln never visited North Dakota (part of what was then Dakota Territory), there are a surprisingly significant number of Lincoln connections to our state.

For information about the national commemoration, visit the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission website at

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Lincoln Legacy Online Exhibit

Lincoln Connections to North Dakota

Working Plan for the Lincoln Bicentennial in North Dakota

Governor's Proclamation

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