Happy Birthday, Abe

When my grandson, Donnie Rand, was born nine years ago, I started a postcard collection of presidents and first ladies for him. My guess was, that no matter how much things changed, he would study the presidents in school. I wanted to make American history fun for him by helping him learn about the unique personalities of each president and first lady as well as the contributions each made to our country.

Since he lives in Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, I’ve assembled his Lincoln album in time for the year long bicentennial celebration of Lincoln’s birth which begins in February, 2008.

For complete details about Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission events, visit www.lincolnbicentennial.gov.

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Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Published by The Kyle Co. of Louisville, Ky.

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Lincoln’s birthplace is preserved inside this granite memorial at Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site near Hodgenville, Ky. KY87A in Scenic and Historic Kentucky Kodachrome Series

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The Lincoln family moved to Indiana in 1816. The Lincoln Historical Farm at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Ind., recreates the farm life the Lincolns experienced. Chrome postcard by Walter H. Miller Co. of Williamsburg, Va.

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Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died in 1818 at age 34 after eating a poisonous white snakeroot plant. She is buried at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Hoosier Series made by Souvenir Post Card Mfg. Co. of Rockford, Ill.