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Kay Smith - IHPA legacy

Kay Smith was the IHPA's Bicentennial Coordinator in charge of managing and coordinating all of the events held to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth on February 12th, 2009. During her two years as Bicentennial Coordinator, Smith worked with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission to help distribute one and a half million dollars worth of grant money to communities around Illinois that hosted Bicentennial events. In addition, she worked with numerous federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that the Bicentennial celebration went smoothly.

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Caption:
“The Circuit Rider” Lincoln Bicentennial motorcycle designed by Kim Shirley of Kim’s Auto Body in Springfield, Illinois.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

When:
2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Fritz Klein as Lincoln in production of A Farewell to Springfield on February 11, 2009 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

Where:
Prairie Capitol Convention Center

When:
February 11, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Period Ball held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on February 12, 2009.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

When:
February 12, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
A Farewell to Springfield performance on February 11, 2009.

Where:
Prairie Capitol Convention Center

When:
February 11, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Fritz Klein as Lincoln with the Illinois Symphony performance “Let Freedom Sing” on February 11, 2009 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

Where:
Prairie Capitol Convention Center

When:
February 11, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Fritz Klein as Lincoln with the Illinois Symphony performance “Let Freedom Sing” on February 11, 2009 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

Where:
Prairie Capitol Convention Center

When:
February 11, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Period ball held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on February 12, 2009.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

When:
February 12, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Bicentennial birthday cake served at Period ball, the cake was decorated by Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

When:
February 12, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Sampling of birthday cards sent to Abraham Lincoln; over 10,000 cards were received.

Where:
Unknown

When:
Unknown

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Now He Belongs vigil at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on February 11, 2009.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

When:
February 11, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Kay Smith with Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin.

Where:
Unknown

When:
Unknown

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
First-day sale of Lincoln Illinois Bicentennial penny debut in August of 2009.

Where:
Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois 

When:
August of 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Kay Smith and husband, Jerry, in Freeport, Illinois for a Lincoln-Douglas debate commemoration “Reunion Tour ‘08”.

Where:
Freeport, Illinois

When:
2008

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Lincoln-Douglas debate commemoration “Reunion tour ‘08” in Quincy, Illinois.

Where:
Quincy, Illinois

When:
2008

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
Kay and Jerry Smith at the Abraham Lincoln Association Bicentennial banquet on February 12, 2009.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Association Bicentennial banquet

When:
February 12, 2009

Ownership:
Narrator’s Phot

Caption

Photo of Kay Smith at the time of the interview, March 2010.

Where:

Unknown

When:

March 2010

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption:
President Barack Obama speaking at the Abraham Lincoln Association Bicentennial banquet at Springfield, Illinois on February 12, 2009.

Where:
Abraham Lincoln Association Bicentennial banquet, Springfield, Illinois

When:
February 12, 2009

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain



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