Abraham Lincoln in Illinois Has Been Completed And Is Being Broadcast All Across Illinois, And Soon Kentucky!
On July 15, 2019 the Witnessing History Education Foundation, Inc. (“WHEF”) completed the production of “In the Declaration all men are created equal:” Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, 1830 to 1860. Its first broadcast was on WTVP, the PBS affiliate in Peoria, Illinois, in primetime on August 2! It received rave reviews from viewers in central Illinois. Wrote one viewer: “The show was marvelous! The interpretation was perfect! From my studies, you nailed the actual history!” Another viewer wrote: “I enjoyed the program about Lincoln Friday night, 8/2. We have gone to New Salem many times as well as the Lincoln museum in Springfield. I always seem to learn something new, and that was the case Friday night with this program.” Finally, a particularly enthusiastic viewer wrote: “Everyone in my family LOVED it!!! PLEASE put it on again. Thank you for airing it and PLEASE, PLEASE AIR IT AGAIN.”
The next broadcaster in Illinois to air the film will be WEIU, the PBS affiliate operated by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston-Mattoon, Illinois. Incredibly, the programming director at WEIU liked the film so much he sent it to his counterpart at WSIU, the PBS affiliate operated by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. From there, the film will likely be broadcast by the PBS affiliate, WSEC in Jacksonville-Springfield, Illinois; WMEC in Macomb, Illinois; and by WQEC in Quincy, Illinois after the broadcast by WSIU. Every citizen of Illinois, save those living in Chicago – as well as those citizens living in western Indiana and eastern Missouri – will be able to view Abraham Lincoln in Illinois! We are currently working on PBS network broadcasters in Chicago. It is very exciting.
On September 1, Kentucky Educational Television (“KET”) will broadcast Abraham Lincoln in Illinois on primetime. That PBS affiliate not only covers all of Kentucky, but southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as eastern Missouri, northern Tennessee, and western West Virginia. Before the end of September it is reasonable to forecast that anywhere from six to ten million people will watch Abraham Lincoln in Illinois!
KET will forward the film to the National Educational Television Association (“NETA”) for it to make the film available to every PBS network affiliate in the United States. Abraham Lincoln in Illinois is a gorgeous film, and all of us at WHEF are very proud of it. Think of how many people will be “touched” by the story of Abraham Lincoln’s formative years in Illinois. Think of how many people will learn about the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. That is the mission of WHEF.