Lincoln Mayor Elizabeth Davis announced
that Lincoln and Logan County placed first in the state for tourism
at the Illinois State Municipal Convention.
Ron Keller, museum curator and
instructor at Lincoln College, also announced that the Lincoln Group
of New York recently nominated Lincoln College Museum's video about
Abraham Lincoln's connection to Logan County, "From Surveyor to
President: A. Lincoln in Logan County," for the Lincoln Award of
Achievement. This award is presented to the year's best original
work of scholarship on Abraham Lincoln.
"Whether or not we win, it's an honor
just to be nominated," said Keller.
Anyone who wants to recall memories
from this year's sesquicentennial celebration or those who missed
out on some of the fun and want to know what went on are in luck.
Picture This Photography, in conjunction with the sesquicentennial
committee, is planning to release a special compilation of
photographs that capture every aspect of the celebration from start
to finish. The committee had the opportunity to view this photo
documentary for the first time at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct.
Stephen Klemm and three additional
photographers from Picture This spent 10 days documenting every
event associated with the sesquicentennial. The result was over
3,000 candid photographs of Lincoln and its citizens celebrating the
town's 150th anniversary. Especially impressive are several images
of the hot-air balloon launch, which are shown in sequence and seem
to be gradually inflating before the eyes. Also eye-catching are the
images of the balloon illumination, where the balloons seem to light
up like giant light bulbs.
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"I tried to approach this with my staff
as a journalistic thing. I tried to show what the whole event was
about," said Klemm. In doing so, Picture This created a photo
montage that unfolds chronologically, telling the story of the
sesquicentennial celebration from opening to closing. The
photographs are mostly candid, so anyone who attended the
sesquicentennial might find themselves the subject of a photograph.
The photographs will be available for
purchase as a DVD, as a CD for the computer and, if there is enough
demand, as a VHS tape. Each format will feature a slide show of
approximately 1,000 photographs of the sesquicentennial set to
background music, with a running time of about an hour and 15
These compilations will be sold at
local businesses and banks. In addition, Picture Perfect will make a
booklet of numbered proofs available showcasing the images on the CD
or DVD. Anyone interested in individual photos will be able to buy
still shots in a variety of sizes by referring to the guide number
in the proof book.
Half of the profits from the sale of
these photographs will be donated to the town of Lincoln.
Klemm anticipates being ready to take
orders by mid-November and will continue through the holiday season.
The sesquicentennial committee is
enthusiastic about the photo compilation. They believe it will
become a treasured keepsake to citizens of Lincoln, local business
owners, balloon pilots and anyone who attended the celebration. It
also serves as a unique document of the history of Lincoln for
future generations. The committee members watched the photo show
with Lincoln's bicentennial celebration in mind.
going to be something nice for people 50 years from now," said Mayor