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[AUG. 3, 2004]  MIDDLETOWN -- Middletown area residents are encouraged to practice voting on the optical scan voting machine, provided by Sally Litterly, Logan County clerk, at the Knapp Library, 101 S. Clinton.

The voting machine will be available for demonstration during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1-4 p.m.
  • By appointment by calling (217) 445-2050 or 445-2708, 445-2669, 445-2676, 445-2330.

The Knapp Library-Museum is handicapped-accessible and air-conditioned.

At the regular voting time in November, one optical scan voting machine will be available for voters. Litterly states that a voter can, in one second, check his vote! The practice session will involve the voter filling out a ballot and then inserting it into the machine.

Citizens are urged to become educated voters!

Ice cream social

The Knapp-Chesnut-Becker Historical Society is most appreciative for the recent successful ice cream social -- to those who came, to those who gave donations, to the Illinois Humanities Council for sponsoring Russell Hively as Capt. William Clark reporting on the Corps of Discovery, to Josh Hutchison for the sound system and to the many volunteers who helped.

Winners of the silver dollar coins commemorative of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean, 1804-1806, were Les Cox and Rob Deters.

Future Rules of the Road dates

Greg Curran of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office advises that he will teach-direct three Rules of the Road study sessions at the Knapp Library-Museum on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 1:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars. Curran is a great teacher and will help you to pass your written driver's test "with flying colors!"


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See the "A. Lincoln as Surveyor" mural

The Knapp-Chesnut-Becker Historical Society is proud of the mural of Abraham Lincoln as surveyor, painted on the old bank vault on the east end of the Knapp Library in 2002.

Mike Clark, one of the outdoor sign painters volunteering in Lincoln, recently changed the color of A. Lincoln's eyes from brown to blue.

While Lincoln said his eyes were gray, artists and photographers have used various colors. A Fort Wayne, Ind., Lincoln Museum historian says poetic license allows painting the eyes blue, and the Knapp-Chesnut-Becker chromolithograph by E.C. Chapman of A. Lincoln in 1864 reveals Lincoln's eyes as a light blue. Chapman painted in oils on canvas.

The mural on the old bank vault was originally painted by Michael Clark of Aledo, who was recommended by Bob Richardson, school superintendent for New Holland-Middletown. Richardson knew of Clark painting murals in downtown Monmouth and also knew of the historical society's desire to memorialize Abe Lincoln's June 1834 survey from Salt Creek, north of town, to the north end of Main Street and on to Sugar Grove, New Salem and the Morgan County line, near Jacksonville. This was called the Samuel Musick Salt Creek Ferry Road survey. The mural also celebrated the opening of the Knapp Museum and the Smithsonian-Illinois Humanities Council exhibits, "Yesterday's Tomorrows."

UMW meeting

Due to a 1 p.m. meeting of the United Methodist Women, the Knapp Library-Museum will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

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