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[FEB. 13, 2004]
Ceremonies began at the
Lincoln Depot. A small crowd of local dignitaries and officials from
city, county, chamber of commerce and tourism, along with historians
and citizens gathered downtown for ceremonies honoring the birthdays
of Abraham Lincoln and the city of Lincoln. Ron Keller of Lincoln
College Museum and Mayor Beth Davis led the dedications, which began
at the Centennial Park at the Lincoln Depot.
There was a mock burial of a time
capsule to be opened in 2103. Had the ground not been frozen below a
deep snowbank, the capsule would have been buried. As it is, the
delay gives businesses and organizations opportunity to join in
posterity by adding a small item to the collection. Donations can be
taken to the mayor's office in City Hall.
Sesquicentennial time capsule list
- Christening scene souvenir afghan
- Souvenir stove pipe hat
- Souvenir sesquicentennial history
- Lincoln Courier, daily editions,
Aug. 20-Sept. 2, 2003
- Lincoln Daily News, daily
editions, (same as above)
- Sesquicentennial stationary,
advertisements, brochures, thank-you from mayor
- Various Logan County tourism
brochures, coloring book
- Lincoln College handbook
- Logan County Civil War record
- Sesquicentennial "Staff" and
- Christening scene ornament,
- Several editions of current
- Numerous pictures of the
- Copy of signed letter from
President George W. Bush
- Lyrics for song composed and sung
by Carroll Catholic School students
- Several restaurant menus, several
organization and business brochures and pamphlets (many more yet
to come in)
Postville well brick (No. 11 of 1150)
Some additional items were added after
this list was compiled.
The capsule will be buried in the
spring next to the capsule that was buried 50 years ago, which will
be opened in another 50 years, in the year 2053.
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Following the time capsule ceremony the
group moved to the west side of the square, to the site where
Abraham Lincoln shared an office with law partner Samuel C. Parks.
Lincoln and Parks often worked on cases there together. A new marker
was posted at the site.
The marker reads:
Logan County Historical Markers
Samuel C. Parks
At this site was located the law
office of Samuel C. Parks—a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Born in
Vermont in 1820, he eventually moved to Logan County, where he
served with Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial Circuit. The two men
shared law offices in Mt. Pulaski and Lincoln, IL. Both men were
jointly associated with several legal cases. Aside from his legal
duties, Parks was elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1854.
Parks was a delegate to the first
National Republican Convention in 1856 at which Abraham Lincoln
received 110 votes for the nomination of Vice President. Parks also
worked to secure Lincoln's nomination for President in 1860. In 1861
President Lincoln appointed Parks the Territorial Judge of the
Wyoming Territory, and he would be appointed by other Presidents
into several judgeships across the country. Parks chaired the first
formal observance of Memorial Day in Logan County in 1868. In 1911,
Logan County Judge Lawrence Stringer cited Parks "as one of the few
remaining examples of the old school of public men whose stock in
trade was their ability, integrity, and pure patriotism."
The group expanded when they reached
the indoor warmth of the third site of the celebration. About 135
people crowded into the Lincoln Museum, located in the library
building at Lincoln College. There they enjoyed the unveiling of a
beautifully preserved 1865 oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
celebrations culminated in a reception at the museum.