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1830s surveying crew at Lincoln's
New Salem this weekend    
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[SEPT. 30, 2004]  PETERSBURG -- An 1830s surveying crew and a display of antique and modern surveying instruments will be featured Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.

A party of several men will be "viewing"
(surveying) a road through New Salem village using period surveying instruments. The surveyors will explain to the general public their use of the instruments and the practice of surveying during the 1830s. The Illinois Professional Land Surveyors will have a display of antique and modern surveying instruments in the New Salem Visitors Center both days.

Abraham Lincoln, who lived in New Salem for six years, was the deputy surveyor for Sangamon County in the mid-1830s, and his original surveying instruments are on permanent display in the visitors center.

The "Surveying at New Salem" event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the New Salem Lincoln League and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers Lincoln's New Salem.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site is located on Route 97 about two miles south of Petersburg. It is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours, although a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children is suggested.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
news release]

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