year mementos available
[JUNE 12, 2003]
Lincoln continues to gear up
for its grand celebration of 150 years. Ten days of activities, Aug.
21-31, surround the Aug. 27 founding date. However, for those who
want to get an early start on the commemoration, mementos and
collectors' items are available for purchase now.
Sesquicentennial souvenir chair Sharon
Awe has introduced two new items in a growing selection of
sesquicentennial mementos. The Lloyd Ostendorf painting of Abraham
Lincoln christening the city of Lincoln appears on two top-end
souvenirs -- a throw or afghan priced at $50 and an 8-inch ceramic
plate at $22. Few other cities can boast a painting of their
founding, and these articles capitalize on Lincoln's distinction.
Another new item is an elongated or
"squished" penny selling for $1. The coin features the words "150th
Anniversary City of Lincoln" rolled onto a 1953 penny. James Dundon
of Florida engraved the memento, and Bobby Olson of Springfield
designed and rolled it by hand.
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Many other souvenirs sport the
sesquicentennial logo. They include -- in ascending price order --
lapel pins, mugs, tote bags, candles in quart jars, baseball caps,
ceramic ornaments, T-shirts, sweat shirts and polos. Prices range
from $5 to $29.
line of souvenirs is available at Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce, Illini Bank and State Bank of Lincoln. Sites that stock
some items include The Mustard Moon, Sports Plus, Beans & Such, MKS
Jewelers, Coffee with Einstein/Franz Express, Lincoln College
Museum, Lincoln City Hall and Logan County Courthouse.
Spellman / LDN]