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President Clinton Names Darrel Bigham to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (10/31/00)

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of The Press Secretary
                          (Louisville, Kentucky)
For Immediate Release                                              October
31, 2000


     The President announced today his intention to appoint Darrel E.
Bigham to the
 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

     Dr. Darrel E. Bigham, of Evansville, Indiana, is Professor of History
at the University of Southern Indiana.  Additionally, he is Director of
Historic Southern Indiana, a heritage-based regional outreach program
supported by the University.  Dr. Bigham is active in a number of
historical associations and is Immediate Past President of the Indiana
Association of Historians, is the Indiana Coordinator of the National
Council for History Education, and is a member of the Organization of
American Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He
is also a widely published author, and his books include Images of America:
Southern Indiana, We Ask Only a Fair Trial: A History of the Black
Community of Evansville, Indiana, Towns and Villages of the Lower Ohio and
Reflections on a Heritage: The German Americans in Southwestern Indiana.

     The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was enacted by Congress
and signed into law by the President for the purpose of studying activities
that may be carried out by the Federal Government to honor Abraham Lincoln
on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2009.


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