Ladd, Logan County Tourism Director has just been given the final
2007 tourism numbers as compiled by the state.
Travel/Tourism expenditures in the county were $29,450,000. up
5.4% from 2006.
Local Tax receipts - $400,000 - up 5.5% from FY2006
These numbers show a slightly better tourism increase than the
state's average of a 5.2 % increase for the year. With more and more
interest swelling throughout the country and in fact the world for
Abe's 200 birthday celebration next year, it looks like Logan County
tourism numbers could be strong for the next two fiscal years. Just
so you know, a Google of Abe shows 12 million hits. That's a lot of
interest in the man who walked these streets. Look for perhaps
thousands of cash carrying visitors to soon be doing the same.
First Lady visits Abe's Museum
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, as portrayed by re-enactor Marilyn
Darnall, will meet the public on Saturday, July 12 from 10:15 a.m.
to noon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. She will be
available in the Museum's Illinois Gallery, which currently hosts
the exhibit, "Packaging Presidents: Two Centuries of Campaigns and
Candidates." Paid admission to the Museum is required to visit with
Darnall, from the Chicago area, has performed a one-woman show
portraying Eleanor Roosevelt for several years. As Mrs. Roosevelt,
she will talk about her experiences with campaigning, her feelings about women, and
her involvement in politics and voting. She will be glad to sign
autographs on July 12.
Mrs. Roosevelt will also be featured at the 2 p.m. Saturday
Afternoon Tea that day at the Presidential Library sponsored by the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. There are no tickets remaining for the Tea.
Mrs. Roosevelt was once quoted as saying, "A woman is like a tea
bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
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Abe's own mouth: sort of
Abraham Lincoln's stories and his relationship with the town of
Lincoln, Illinois will be the subject of a special program scheduled
for Sunday, July 20 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Postville Courthouse
State Historic Site in Lincoln. The event is free and open to the
public. Renowned storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis will tell stories of Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with Lincoln,
Illinois. Ellis will present a mix of true stories as well as jokes
and stories from Lincoln himself. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs for the
outdoor program. Soda and water will be available for purchase.
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a reproduction of the
first Logan County Courthouse which was in use from 1840 to 1847 and
hosted Abraham Lincoln and others who traveled to hold court
sessions in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. It is open from noon to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at 914 Fifth Street in
a trim around the hedges
The City of Mt. Pulaski wants residents to know they plan on
going through the alleys and trim back trees and bushes that have
grown into the alleyways.
If residents have spent a great deal of time pruning their bushes
to look like a famous person or a favorite pet and don't want the
barbers from the city to change that, they should do their own
trimming before July 28th. If you have any questions you can call
the Mt. Pulaski City Hall at 792-3222
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[By MIKE FAK]