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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Abraham Lincoln is turning 200. The Postal Service is encouraging citizens to observe the occasion by mailing birthday cards or letters to the former president.

You may forget family and friend’s birthdays, but you can’t forget Abraham Lincoln’s on February 12 — it’s marked on every calendar. And this year Abe is turning 200.

To celebrate, the Postal Service is joining a host of public and private organizations, encouraging citizens to observe the occasion by mailing birthday cards or letters to the former president.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, along with USPS, the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, has received more than 2,000 responses. The agency is displaying some of the correspondence at an exhibit at the Old State Capitol.

Letters and cards also will be included in a time capsule to be opened during the tri-centennial of Lincoln’s birth.
Send correspondence to:

Abraham Lincoln
c/o Old State Capitol
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701-0001

"Whether they are made with crayon and construction paper or lace and ribbons, we hope the cards from all over the world pour into Mr. Lincoln’s home town in the weeks leading up to his birthday," Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Chair Marilyn Kushak said in a press release.

The Postal Service also is releasing four commemorative stamps February 9, in Springfield, IL.

The stamp art was created by Mark Summers, known for his scratchboard technique, a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision.

Each stamp features a different aspect of Lincoln’s life: Rail-Splitter, Lawyer, Politician and President.

On February 12, a special Lincoln’s Birthday postage cancellation will be held at the Old State Capitol.


About the Author

Marilyn Jones has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently a freelance feature writer specializing in travel. Her articles have appeared in major newspapers including the BostonGlobe, Akron Beacon Journal and Chicago Sun-Times as well as regional travel magazines.

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