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[JAN. 31, 2004]  Websites have become a popular feature for any person or business wanting to gain awareness. Businesses, government and private agencies as well as municipalities, sports, schools, you-name-it, are making use of this means to provide information and promote themselves.

Two local municipalities and a college have joined those ranks. Those sites are for Mount Pulaski, the village of Elkhart, and Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.

Mount Pulaski's new website is located at http://www.mtpulaskiil.com. A classified ad announcing the site says: "Check out its Abe Lincoln, Vinegar Hill and music glories of the past; its Hilltopper academic, music and sports stories of the present; and plans for the future -- such as the Memorial Day celebration in May, the bluegrass festival in June, Fourth of July fireworks and soapbox derby, annual fall festival in September, and Christmas on Vinegar Hill in November. And kids, don't forget Santa will again be coming on a firetruck in December."

Village President Dayle Eldredge announced that Elkhart recently developed their own community site. It features government, community, church and school information, as well as sharing a little detailed history.

You can read about times from before the village was settled to current establishments. Links to local businesses are provided.

The site warmly expresses their friendliness and desire to welcome future residents and businesses of any type.

Lincoln Christian College and Seminary has upgraded their already comprehensive site. Jack Getchel is credited for the efforts resulting in a virtual campus tour available on their website.

John Castelein wrote, "Like being on campus inside our buildings! A Virtual Campus Tour."

This service was provided free by one of the Financial Aid Department's lending institutions.

If you would like to view the tour, go to the bottom of their Web page at www.lccs.edu and click on "Virtual Tour" or go to www.ecampustours.com.

 

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Saving the best for last, you will not want to miss this site, "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, and Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois," at http://www.geocities.com/findinglincolnillinois/.

Former Lincolnite Leigh Henson, Ph.D., class of 1960, graciously compiled the site as a gift to Lincoln. Dr. Henson is associate professor of English at Southwest Missouri State University.

When Dr. Henson began the project he reported that he did not expect it to reach the volume that it did: equal to 350 print pages, the size of a large book. However, his work truly captures the best of our place and people, past and present.

The site -- a vast, well-organized collection containing history, pictures, maps, demographics and much more -- can even serve as a wonderful research resource.

"Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, and Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois" has received to its credit unsolicited accolades and praise from top critics.

You will want to visit this site frequently and when you can sit back and spend some time enjoying it: "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, & Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois: A book-length, innovative community history combining published history and literature, published & original photos, vintage picture postcards, maps, & collective memoir."

Other local sites

Lincoln Daily News would like to feature your Web address in a future article if your business or organization is within Logan County. Just contact us at ldneditor@lincolndailynews.com.

[Jan Youngquist]

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