New county seal to be part of kiosk
The creation, or
re-creation, of the seal began when Main Street Lincoln requested a
copy of the county seal to place on a new kiosk that will soon be
placed outside the courthouse.
When officials were asked if anyone had a copy of a seal, no one
could remember ever seeing one, other than the one laid in the floor
of the courthouse. You have to go up stairs -- the more flights the
better; third floor is best -- and look down through the center.
From there you will see the detailed, distinctive pattern of the
county seal created by mosaic tiles that encompass the entire center
area of the courthouse rotunda floor.
Local artist and photographer Adam May was commissioned to create
the seal. He shot pictures of the seal on the floor and then
developed the image from there.
Dick Logan made sure that each of the board members received
copies of the new seal. County department heads will each receive a
copy as well.
Logan County Clerk Sally Litterly was excited about the new
emblem. She said that it would go on her office's letterhead and be
used for all her official correspondence.
It was undecided just how many other uses the emblem might also
have, but you could see people were thinking.
Kiosk under development to promote ties to Abraham Lincoln
The kiosk will be located outside the Logan County Courthouse. It
will be stocked with information about Abraham Lincoln and how to
tour the local sites. There will be brochures with GPS coordinates,
a cell phone-based interpretive journey, informational signs,
portraits of Lincoln and reproductions of Lloyd Ostendorf paintings.
Funding for the project has been provided by a grant from the
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
This year's local events leading into the bicentennial year
As the first and only city named for Abraham Lincoln before his
presidency, and as a key place where Lincoln traveled and practiced
as a lawyer, Lincoln and Logan County wish to lead the nation in
celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, which takes place in
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial activities this year include
Heritage Days activities and a 150th anniversary re-enactment of
when Abraham Lincoln stopped by via train to deliver a campaign
Thursday, July 3, at Latham Park
5-7 p.m. -- Ice cream social featuring Mary Todd cake
6 p.m. -- "Abraham Lincoln Reflects on Gettysburg," the 145th
anniversary, with Max and Donna Daniels representing Mary Todd
Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln
6:45 p.m. -- "Lincoln in Logan County," a PowerPoint presentation
by Paul Beaver and Ron Keller; across the street at the Lincoln
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Sunday, July 20, 2-3:15 p.m., on the Postville Courthouse lawn
Come hear stories just as Abraham Lincoln would have told them,
just where Abraham Lincoln once stood. Lincoln practiced law at the
Brian "Fox" Ellis is an engaging storyteller who will bring the
stories of Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with Lincoln, Ill.,
to life. The performance is a mix of true stories along with jokes
and stories that Lincoln himself told.
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the afternoon on the lovely
historic courthouse grounds. This is a free event.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Re-enactment of when Abraham Lincoln christened the city of
Lincoln. This event is held at the same location as the original
site, at the Lincoln depot.
Thursday, Oct. 16
A 150th anniversary re-enactment of when Lincoln made a stopover
by train to speak. The 1858 rally took place on the Logan County
Courthouse lawn. Activities include horse and carriage travel from
the train station to the courthouse, reconstructed dialogue of known
individuals from that time, and the speech given by Lincoln.
Characters will be in period clothing and anyone with authentic
clothing is invited to attend in dress.
About 5,000 were in the crowd that day, and organizers hope to
see the same size crowd this time.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]
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