The birthday celebration for Illinois’ favorite son is a month away. Plans announced by the Abraham Lincoln Association, a more than century-old not-for-profit organization whose work includes scholarly writings and programs, include lectures and discussions Feb. 11-12.

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Mary Shepherd, the group’s executive manager, says even almost 150 years after his death, there are still new things to learn: “New Lincoln documents are being found all the time,” she said.
James Oakes, a City University of New York scholar who has researched slavery and related issues, will speak Feb. 11 on the subject of “The Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities,” at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Other activities will occur Feb. 12 at the Old State Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

(Illinois Radio Network)