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Daniels defends Lincoln's boyhood heritage

Thursday, February 12, 2009

SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. -- In the current issue of Newsweek Magazine, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sets the record straight about Abraham Lincoln's 14 formative years spent in the Hoosier state to more than three million Newsweek readers.

Daniels submitted a letter to the editor that appears in the Mail Call section of the Feb. 9 issue of the magazine disputing a claim that Lincoln never really lived in a log cabin. He encourages people to visit Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, located in Spencer County, to see for themselves where the nation's 16th president grew up.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, located in Lincoln City, Ind., includes a living historical farm that recreates the Lincoln family's homestead complete with a replica of the one room cabin in which they lived.

"We truly appreciate Gov. Daniels' efforts to preserve Lincoln's legacy in Southern Indiana,' Executive Director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau Melissa Miller said. "We hope this national publicity will translate into an increase in the number of visitors who come to Spencer County to help us celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday this year."

A spectacular series of special events is planned in Spencer County in honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial, including a funeral reenactment in April, a pioneer encampment in May, and the dedication of Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza and the debut of a new theatrical experience, "LINCOLN," at Lincoln Amphitheatre, both on June 12 in Lincoln State Park.

A complete list of events is available at www.ThinkLincoln.org.

Both Lincoln's mother and sister are buried in Spencer County, where Lincoln lived from 1816 to 1830. Today, there are a number of sites people can visit to trace Lincoln's past, including Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park, Lincoln Amphitheatre, Col. Jones Home, Lincoln Pioneer Village and Buffalo Run Farm.

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