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[DEC. 11, 2004]  MIDDLETOWN -- The latest "Grandmother Reads" session with Pat Miller was this morning (Saturday) at the Knapp Library, 101 S. Clinton in Middletown. Christmas stories and carols were featured.

Next Saturday, Dec. 18, the chess club will meet at the library at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to come sharpen their wits in a game of chess. Kerri and Kathy Sommers, John and Tammy Rodems are mentors for the group.

A special Christmas concert is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at the library and museum. Two talented musicians, Pat Miller and MeLane Coulter, will provide Christmas music on guitar and harp. They invite the public to come listen and sing favorite Christmas selections with them. There will also be Christmas goodies to enjoy.

The concert, chess club and monthly reading sessions are all free and open to the public. The Knapp Library and Museum is wheelchair-accessible.

Recent gifts to the library

Robert Church, executive director of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, donated several valuable historical items to the library and museum during a presentation Nov. 14 at the New Holland-Middletown School. As the event was described by Brenda Bowen, writing in the Nov. 15 edition of the Peoria Journal-Star, "Residents of this small Logan County town followed the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln on Sunday afternoon." The PowerPoint presentation by Church and Tracy Garrison indicated that Lincoln had correctly traced the Musick Ferry Road survey but made some minor errors.

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The donated items on permanent display are:

  1. Miniature cold cast bronze statue of "Abe Lincoln, the Surveyor." The statue is a miniature of the 9-foot bronze statue at New Salem State Park, Petersburg, given by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.
  2. Print of "A. Lincoln, the Surveyor," by Lloyd Ostendorf.
  3. Book by Adin Baber: "A. Lincoln with Compass and Chain" (1967), republished by Bob Church (2003).
  4. Sangamon County land patent applications: John Sturdivan, Sept. 16, 1831; David Enslow, Oct. 15, 1834; Bradford King, March 20, 1837; Moses H. Stone, March 30, 1837; W.A. Stone, March 30, 1837.

In addition, Margaret Graham Kincaid has given the library a copy of a March 1835 land survey done around the community of Tice for John K. Kincaid, grandfather of her husband, J. Kennedy Kincaid.

For hours the library is open or to make appointments to research these and other items, please call (217) 445-2050 or (217) 445-2708.

[News release provided by Winnie Golden]

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