The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
102 Old Lincoln Way West
Galion, Ohio 44833
The Eternal Light Radio
"The Lincoln Highway"
February 12, 1951
The Eternal Light
was produced by The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
and ran on NBC free of charge as a public service
on Sunday afternoon for over 20 years.
The Lincoln Highway
Show ran at 12:30 and
was produced as a Lincoln Birthday Special
in 1951 from The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg.
A total of 14 poems
were selected from the hundreds available
and arranged by Radio Producer, Peter Lyons
to create this unique 30 minute anthology.
In addition to the
many Sandburg poems,
"My Sweetheart's the Mule in the Mine" and "Great grand-dad"
two classic folksongs were used to tie it all together.
Lincoln: Bill Adams.
Orchestral Composer: Morris Memorski.
Conductor: Milton Katims.
Cantor: Robert Segal.
Director: Edward King.
Announcer: Mel Brand.
Dr. Allen Nevins, a
Pulitzer Prize winning author
and American History Professor at Columbia University
rounds out the show with a short commentary on Mr. Lincoln.
are critical days, once more the nation,
its sons already dying in a far off war is gerding itself to meet
the possibility of a mightier conflict.
here much of the tremendous material strength the country can mobilize,
the overwhelming weight of industrial production it can use to crush Soviet aggression,
that is important, but it is more important to take thought on Lincoln's Birthday
of our Spiritual Resources, of the task of mobilizing the moral strength of Democracy
which Lincoln invoked at Gettysburg and which history has proven
incomparably greater than that of any autocracy.
died as the Civil war ended,
since then we've repeatedly had to mark his birthday while war raged.
seven different years since 1865 if my count be correct,
February 12th has been celebrated while cannon rumbled in the background.
nation's sons have always fought in a good cause,
but this year they are fighting under new circumstances,
for a larger cause than ever,
they are fighting not for the United States alone, but for the United Nations,
not for national security only, but for world freedom.
his famous conkling letter just after Gettysburg and Vicksburg,
Lincoln expressed in one sentence the grandeur of the object
for which the Civil War Soldiers had died.
to all for the great republic,
for the principal that lives by
and keeps alive for man's vast future.
Thanks to all.
looked down the coming ages,
to the spread of our Ideals of Equality, Justice and Freedom.
those Ideals the United Nations has now dedicated.
In those ideals it finds a strength greater than in miles
of airplane factories and cities of munitions plants.
our boys in embattled along side those of Britain,
France, and other Nations in Korea,
Lincoln voice echoes down more fittingly than ever
to all for man's vast future,
Thanks to all."
Eternal Light Radio Show--1951
14 Adapted Poems
|Good Morning, America||Fire-Logs||Band Concert|
|In a Back Alley||Work Gangs||March of the Hungry Mountains|
|Pennsylvania||A Tall Man||57|
|Five towns on the B and O||Prairie||19|
|Smoke and Steel||Omaha||*****|
|The Eternal Light||The Lincoln Highway||The Eternal Light|
|To Hear the Complete Broadcast
Original Air Date
|1951--Listing of Segments, Titles, Opening Lines, Time Codes, etc.--1951|
|SEG||TITLE||OPENING LINE||PART||PAGE||TIME CODE||INFO|
|1||Intro-The Eternal Light||"And the Lord Spake unto Moses..."||Opening||***||00:00-01:06||Click|
|2||Intro-NBC-Lincoln Highway||NBC-Lincoln Highway||Narration
|3||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"The 48 States come singing..."||Song||***||01:43-02:26||Click|
|4||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"The Lincoln Highway begins..."||Narration||***||02:27-02:34||Click|
|5||"Good Morning, America"||"In the evening there is a sunset..."||Partial Text||320||02:35-03:43||Click|
|6||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"And in a Back Alley just off the LH..."||Narration||***||03:44-04:18||Click|
|7||"In a Back Alley"||"Remembrance for a great man is this."||Complete Text||20||04:19-04:34||Click|
|8||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"The LH works West and South thru NJ..."||Narration||***||04:35-04:40||Click|
|9||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Look Back...and that was long ago.."||Narration-Song||***||04:41-05:18||Click|
|10||*?*||"Yes, there was an interlude..."||Narration||***||05:19-05:40||Click|
|11||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"On West through PA the LH reaches..."||Narration||***||05:41-05:46||Click|
|12||"Pennsylvania"||I Have been in Pennsylvania,||Partial Text||157||05:47-06:19||Click|
|13||"My Sweetheart's the Mule in the Mine"||"My Sweethearts the Mule in the Mine..."||Folk Song||***||06:20-06:35||Click|
|14||"Five Towns on the B & O"||"BY Day...tireless smokestack..."||Complete Text||156||06:36-06:58||Click|
|15||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"West and into Pittsburgh goes the LH..."||Narration||***||06:59-07:02||Click|
|16||"Smoke and Steel"||"Smoke of the fields..."||Partial Text||151||07:03-08:12||Click|
|17*||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"I've been a working that Pittsburgh Steel..."||Song||***||08:13-08:57||Click|
|18||"Fire-Logs"||"Nancy Hanks dreams by the fire;"||Complete Text||102||08:58-09:26||Click|
|19||"Great grand-dad"||"Great grand-dad when the land was young..."||Folk Song||***||09:27-09:45||Click|
|20||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Great west across Ohio..."||Narration||***||09:46-09:53||Click|
|21||"Work Gangs"||"Box cars run by a mile long."||Partial Text||156||09:54-11:03||Click|
|22||*?*||"I'm going down the track..."||Song||***||11:04-11:36||Click|
|23||LH-Intro||"The LH pushes west across Indiana..."||Narration||***||11:37-11:49||Click|
|24||"A Tall Man"||"The mouth of this man..."||Partial Text||142||11:50-13:00||Click|
|25||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Westward out of Illinois goes the LH..."||Narration||***||13:00-13:17||Click|
|26||"Prairie"||"I am the prairie, mother of men..."||Partial Text||79||13:18-14:13||Click|
|27||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Boone..."||Narration||***||14:14-14:25||Click|
|28||"Omaha"||"Red Barns and red heifers spot the green..."||Complete Text||161||14:26-14:56||Click|
|29||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Through Nebraska the LH follows..."||Narration||***||14:57-15:10||Click|
|30||"Band Concert"||"Band concert public square Nebraska City."||Complete Text||90||15:11-16:14||Click|
|31||*?*||"I'll give to you a paper of pens..."||Song||***||16:15-16:34||Click|
|32||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"And now across another state line..."||Narration||***||16:35-16:40||Click|
|33||*?*||"The running water babble to the deer..."||Narration||***||16:41-17:27||Click|
|34||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"Through the badlands goes the LH..."||Narration||***||17:28-17:36||Click|
|35||"March of the Hungry Mountains"||"Across Nevada and Utah..."||Complete Text||366||17:37-18:34||Click|
|36||*?*||"It's old boys ho to Californio..."||Song||***||18:35-18:42||Click|
|37||Intro-Lincoln Highway||"From Nevada West across one more..."||Narration||***||18:43-19:12||Click|
|38||*?*||"He could work when he wanted to..."||Narration||***||19:13-19:33||Click|
|40||"57"||"Was he a poet?"||Partial Text||521||21:19-23:13||Click|
|41||Closing-Lincoln Highway||"The 48 States come singing..."||Song||***||23:14-23:31||Click|
|42||"19"||"The people, yes, the people,"||Partial Text||458||23:32-25:20||Click|
|43||*?*||"The Lord prefers common looking people..."||Narration||***||25:21-25:50||Click|
|44||Copy of Script||"Please send 10 Cents..."||Transcript||***||25:51-26:04||Click|
|45||Intro-Allen Nevins||"And Now we take great pleasure..."||Introduction||***||26:04-26:12||Click|
|46||Dr. Allen Nevins||"These are Critical Days..."||Commentary||***||26:13-28:29||Click|
|47||Closing-Allen Nevins||"Thank you Dr. Nevins..."||Closing||***||28:30-28:31||Click|
Type Denotes Poem Title
Page Numbers refer to
The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg,
|1||Feb 11, 1951||New York Times||On the Radio this Week||***||4||Radio Listing||No||Click|
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