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News Release
February 1, 2009

SUBJECT: Lincoln (NE) historian Jim McKee speaks on Lincoln (president) February 19

In honor of the 16th president's 200th birthday, Lincoln, Nebraska historian and author Jim McKee will present "Lincoln and Lincoln" at 12 noon, Thursday, February 19 at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln. Did Abraham Lincoln ever visit Nebraska? Why was the capital of Nebraska named after him? And why did Lincoln, and not Omaha, become the capital of the first state admitted to the Union after the Civil War? Jim McKee explains it all in this month's History Forum Brown Bag Lecture.The presentation will be recorded for later broadcast on Lincoln's 5CityTV, courtesy funding from the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.

The program compliments a special exhibit "Looking at Lincoln" that showcases Lincoln-related artifacts, including an 1860 ambrotype portrait, a bronze life mask, and documents found on the president's desk the morning after his assassination. The exhibit runs from February 2-March 1, 2009 and is part of the citywide "10 Score" Lincoln bicentennial celebration.

McKee's talk and the exhibition are open to the public free of charge. For more information call 402-471-4754.

For general information:

Lynne M. Ireland
Deputy Director
Nebraska State Historical Society
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501
402.471.4758 (v)
402-471.3100 (f)

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