Louisville Gala

Tickets on sale for Kentucky's
'Salute to Lincoln' events

Staff Report

(February 2008) – Award-winning journalist and Louisville native Bob Edwards will lead “A Kentucky Salute to Abraham Lincoln” on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.

Louisville Events:

Dec. 13, 2007-Feb. 8: “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” exhibit, Louisville Free Public Library.
Feb. 11: National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Gala, Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Feb. 21: “Bite” of History: Abraham Lincoln and his Enduring Friendships with Joshua and James Speed, Bryan Bush. Noon. Free. Frazier International Museum of History.
Feb. 21-April 4: “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” exhibit, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville.
Feb. 28: Living History Series-Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass, 7 p.m. Admission charged. Frazier International Museum of History.
February 2008: “The Speeds, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War-One Louisville Family’s Story” exhibit. Farmington historic home, Louisville.
Feb.-June 2008: “Lincoln Presidency in Pictures” exhibit. Portland Museum.
March 20: “Bite” of History: Mysterious Abraham-A Fresh Glimpse of Abraham Lincoln based on his Speeches and Writings, Dr. Tom Owens. Noon. Free.
Sept. 27-Jan. 4, 2009: “Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit.” Frazier International Museum of History.
Oct. 11-Nov. 1: Three-week educational program at Farmington.
May 2009: Unveiling of new Lincoln statue by Ed Hamilton. Louisville Waterfront

The evening will feature a musical and dramatic tribute to Lincoln, celebrating his life and spirit through music, song, and oratory. The Louisville Orchestra will perform with acclaimed soprano Angela Brown. Capping the program is a performance of “Lincoln Seen and Heard” by award-winning actor Sam Waterston and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.
Kentucky sculptor Ed Hamilton will display a replica of his new Lincoln statue, which will be unveiled on the Louisville Waterfront Park in 2009. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view a model of a new statue planned for Hodgenville, Kentucky. Lincoln quilts, art, official bicentennial merchandise, and information on Kentucky’s Lincoln sites and the Lincoln Heritage Trail will also be available in the Center’s lobby area.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and cost $50 per person or $10 for students. To purchase tickets by phone, call (502) 584-7777 or online at www.kentuckycenter.org/ticketing/. Tickets are also available by visiting the Center’s box office, located in the second-floor main lobby at 501 W. Main St., Louisville.
This Salute to Lincoln evening event in Louisville is followed the next morning – Feb. 12 – by official opening ceremonies of the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration. Opening ceremonies will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville. This event is free and open to the public. The program begins at 10:30 a.m., and the site will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bus transportation to the site will be provided from area parking lots.
Featured invited guests for the kick-off ceremonies include President George W. Bush, Gov. Steven L. Beshear, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Waterston, best known for his television role as an attorney on the TV show "Law and Order."
"Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln,” the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile exhibit, will debut at the kick-off event in Hodgenville. Representatives from Kentucky’s Lincoln sites will be present and Lincoln-related art and merchandise will also be on-site.
• For more information about upcoming Lincoln events in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission’s website at: www.kylincoln.org.

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