Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
WHEREAS, the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created by Congress in 2000 to inform the public about the impact of Abraham Lincoln had on the development of our great nation and to find the best possible ways to honor his accomplishments;
WHEREAS, the official public bicentennial commemoration launches February 2008, and closes February 2010, with the capstone taking place on February 12, 2009, the two hundredth (200th) anniversary of Lincoln's birth;
WHEREAS, the national Commission has invited states to participate in honoring Abraham Lincoln and to coordinate their own bicentennial programs and events; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to create a state Commission to ensure Louisiana's participation in this nationwide commemoration of one of our country’s greatest leaders.
NOW THEREFORE I, KATHLEEN BABINEAUX BLANCO, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (hereafter Commission) is hereby established within the Department of State.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Develop, plan and coordinate statewide events that educate the public about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln as well as celebrate his many accomplishments.
B. Assist the state liaison to the national Commission in overseeing and directing preparations for statewide programs and events, including, but not limited to, supporting staff members in publicity and coordination efforts.
C. Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and curricula which inform and educate citizens about Abraham Lincoln and, particularly, the historical time period encompassing his presidency. Such programs may include:
1. Museum exhibits of artifacts;
2. Displays of artwork and photography with appropriate historical themes;
3. Concerts of music and performances of short and long plays;
4. Traditional festivals;
5. Storytelling and oral history projects;
6. Re-enactments; and
7. Dissemination of brochures, posters, t-shirts and other merchandise.
SECTION 3: On or before March 1 of year each year the Commission shall submit a written comprehensive report annually to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state on the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order.
SECTION 4: A. The Commission shall be composed of thirteen (13) members, as follows:
1. The Louisiana State Liaison to the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Governors’ Council;
2. The Governor or the Governor’s designee;
3. The Lieutenant Governor or the Lieutenant Governor’s designee;
4. The Secretary of State or the Secretary’s designee;
5. The Director of the State Museum, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism;
6. The State Museums Program Coordinator, Department of State;
7. The State Librarian, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism;
8. The State Archivist, Department of State;
9. One member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
10. One member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate; and
11. Three (3) members appointed by the Governor.
SECTION 5: The chair of the Commission shall be the Louisiana State Liaison to the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Governors Council. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by the membership of the Commission.
SECTION 6: The Commission shall meet at regularly scheduled meetings and at the call of the chair.
A. Commission members shall not receive compensation or a per diem for their service on the Commission.
B. Commission members who are employees or elected public officials of the state of Louisiana or a political subdivision thereof may seek reimbursement of travel expenses from their agency or department in accordance with PPM 49.
SECTION 8: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Commission shall be provided by the Department of State.
SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 1st day of November, 2007.
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Secretary of State