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Students Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday
Students may be out of school for Lincoln's birthday, but some of them got a lesson on the president's history.
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site held a day full of Civil War history to commemorate the holiday, along with Black History Month. During the event, students learned about how the Civil War was started and what role Lincoln played in it.
The program included soldiers dressed in the union uniforms. There was even an explanation of the Underground Railroad.
"Lincoln was the great emancipator and he, I think, of anyone, would want to tell this broader story," Lincoln Home historian Tim Townsend said. "Lincoln, I think, if he could, if he was still around, would say, 'Hey, it wasn't all me.'"
A panel discussed the importance of history in today's society.
Illinois Sen. Andy Manar stopped by to discuss creating a vision for the future.