Your Own Lincoln Sites' adds new scale models
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[December 31, 2009]
Anyone with a computer, printer, scissors and glue can now be the
proud owner of five new scale models of Abraham Lincoln sites,
including his home and tomb, joining five other scale models that
debuted earlier this year.
The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's "Build Your
Own Lincoln Sites" project now offers HO-scale models of the Lincoln
Home and Lincoln Tomb, both in Springfield; Beecher Hall in
Jacksonville; the Shastid Cabin in Pittsfield; and the Vandalia
Statehouse. Each of these five historic building models can be
printed on your own card stock and assembled and glued together for
display. The models can be accessed free of charge at
and each has easy-to-follow assembly instructions that will have you
building history in no time.
The five latest entries in Build Your
Own Lincoln Sites complete a series of 10 and join five that debuted
earlier this year: the Old State Capitol and the Great Western Depot
in Springfield, the Berry-Lincoln Store at Lincoln's New Salem State
Historic Site near Petersburg, Old Main at Knox College in
Galesburg, and the Thomas Lincoln Home at Lincoln Log Cabin State
Historic Site near Charleston.
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The buildings range in difficulty and scale from the Thomas
Lincoln Home, measuring 2.5 by 6 inches and requiring two sheets of
card stock, to the Old State Capitol model's more monumental
18-by-24-inch size that requires 41 sheets of card stock.
The Lincoln sites models were patterned after the historic
building models that are available as part of the "Build Your Own
Main Street" section at
www.illinois-history.gov. Ten buildings from Illinois Main
Street downtowns are available to download from that site.
The Build Your Own Lincoln Sites is a project of the Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Old State Capitol
Foundation. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency provided
project assistance. Michael Goebel-Bain is the artist who designed
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic