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Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (RIALBC) archive

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2010-17

Scope and Contents

The Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Archive consists of a wide variety of materials relating primarily to the activities in Rhode Island related to the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.


The Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (RIALBC) Archive contains press releases, the RIALBC’s Final Report, copy of the legislation establishing the RIALBC, contact list of the RIALBC members, meeting notes, donor forms, draft of RIALBC Factoids, publicity materials (bookmark and recipe card), correspondence, copies of each webpage which make up the RIALBC website, calendar of events, documentation on RIALBC activities and events including clippings, teacher symposiums, education materials and a copy of the RIALBC Commemorative Book.

Dates

  • 2007-2010

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

The Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (RIALBC) was created by an act of the State of Rhode Island General Assembly in March 2004 (Chapter 04-112 2004 -- S 2957 SUBSTITUTE A - Enacted 06/17/04) in anticipation of the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, which would occur on February 12, 2009. The act, which was signed into law on June 26, 2004, by Governor Donald Carcieri, articulated the Commission’s mission, its membership, and its powers.


The mission of the RIALBC was “to honor and create activities relating to Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Providence and Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1860, to plan and carry out its own tributes to Abraham Lincoln, and to coordinate those activities with those of the federal government.”


The legislative act stipulated a Commission consisting of twenty-one members, including representatives from the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate; local Abraham Lincoln organizations, colleges and universities, historical societies, libraries, museums, and arts commissions; the Board of Governors for Higher Education; and local civil rights organizations.


The powers of the RIALBC included initiating activities in Rhode Island to honor Abraham Lincoln during the bicentennial period, educating Rhode Island citizens about Lincoln’s life and times, and seeking grants and philanthropic support for Lincoln bicentennial activities.


The RIALBC met for the first time on April 12, 2005, and several times per year from that date through February 2010. At its initial meeting, the members of the Commission elected the following officers:
Chair: Frank Williams
Vice Chair: Sue Stenhouse
Second Vice Chair: Walter Stone
Secretary: Randall Rosenbaum
Vice Chair Stenhouse served as the liaison between the RIALBC and the federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and she met several times with that group and other state liaisons to coordinate activities. Lisa Maher served as administrative assistant to the RIALBC.


Of the twenty-one members invited to the first meeting of the RIALBC, about twelve remained active members during the five-year period that the Commission remained in existence.


The act included a sunset clause stipulating that the RIALBC would dissolve on June 30, 2010.

Extent

1.2 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Overview

The Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Archive consists of a wide variety of materials relating primarily to the activities in Rhode Island related to the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Custodial History

Transferred from Sue Stenhouse, Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission on June 4, 2010.

Custodial History

Transferred to the Rhode Island State Archives from Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission on June 4, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Sue Stenhouse, Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission on June 4, 2010.

Accruals

An additional accession of the meeting minutes of the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission are anticipated in the future.

No further accruals are anticipated at this time.

Inventory

Folder 1- Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission folder containing press releases, calendar of events and other informational materials related to Abraham Lincoln and the activities of the Commission.
Folder 2- Final Report and Appendix Table of Contents
Folder 3- Copy of legislation establishing Commission
Folder 4- Contact list of Commission members
Folder 5- Meeting notes, April 12, 2005
Folder 6- Press Releases
Folder 7- Donor Form, Factoids draft and publicity materials (bookmark and recipe card)
Folder 8- Stenhouse email re: ALBC state liaison conference call minutes
Folder 9- Copies of the Commission’s website pages
Folder 10- Calendar of Events
Folder 11- Commission Activities
Folder 12- Rededication of the Abraham Lincoln Statue materials
Folder 13- Lincoln Bicentennial Commemorative Stamp Unveiling clippings
Folder 14- Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Singers Bicentennial events
Folder 15- Various Commission Events materials and clippings
Folder 16- Living History
Folder 17- Rhode Island Historical Society Exhibits
Folder 18- John Hay Library (Brown University) Collections
Folder 19- Endorsed Events
Folder 20- Teacher Symposiums
Folder 21- Education materials
Folder 22- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History materials
Folder 23- Commemorative Book
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

Contact:
33 Broad Street
Providence RI 02903 USA
401-222-2353