Next February 2009 will mark 200 years since the birth of Abraham Lincoln. A modest man, Lincoln might be embarrassed about the planned celebrations to mark this event. In our October issue, we explore the life and times of Lincoln, from his childhood on the frontier, to his early legal and political profession in Illinois, to his years as the president of the Civil War. His famous debates with rival Stephen A. Douglas come to life. We take a close look at his most renowned speech, the Gettysburg Address, and we examine what was perhaps his most pivotal and controversial action, the Emancipation Proclamation. You also can meet his family and dog, Fido. Committed to preserving the Union, Lincoln led the nation through four years of war, but you might be surprised to read his thoughts about after the war and the restoration of the Union (he was for it) and how to punish the South (he was against it). We've also included a selection of famous photographs, paintings, and sculptures that attempt to capture Lincoln's place in history. After reading this month's issue of COBBLESTONE, maybe you can spread the word about why February 2009 includes a date worth remembering.