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(D. Leigh Henson e-mailed the following letter, dated Sept. 24, to a
number of community leaders.)
Dear Fellow Lincolnites at Heart,
Many people born and raised in Lincoln and Logan County left
them, but those locales have not left us. In my case, there are two
Lincolns that are always in my heart and often on my mind: the town
and the man.
I have used my expertise in several public service projects to
develop and promote Lincoln's history: my community history Web site
of Lincoln, including a Web page devoted to the Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois; my proposal to erect
the historical marker to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's political
rally and speech there on Oct. 16, 1858; and my proposal to re-enact
that event last fall. I also researched that rally and speech and
wrote the script for the re-enactment.
I enjoy seeing history come alive because I am interested in the
present and future of Lincoln and Logan County. You will soon have
my new proposal for further development of the local Lincoln
heritage as an opportunity for social and economic progress.
Today, however, I write to announce another public service
project concerning Lincoln and Logan County's development. The
online news reports of Mayor Snyder's commendable economic summit,
held Sept. 12 at Lincoln College, demonstrate the need for an
ongoing conversation. In my view, that conversation needs to be
broadened beyond the leaders in a room.
Yesterday I thus created a Facebook group titled "The Pulse of
Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois" as an online forum that will
enable more current and former residents to enter this ongoing
Here is the purpose statement on the group's home page: "This
group is an experiment in collective brainstorming for improving
present conditions and future prospects for Logan County, Illinois,
and its seat, Lincoln -- the first Lincoln namesake city (founded,
1853). Improvement can be of any kind: economic, political, social,
educational, cultural, recreational, etc. This online group provides
a forum in which both present and former residents are invited to
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The economic summit is the first topic on the discussion board of
that group, and there is a link to the page in LincolnDailyNews.com
that in turn has links to its series of reports on the summit, so
that participants can understand its purposes and outcomes. That
understanding should enable people to make informed comments and
suggestions in the forum.
In less than a day, more than 65 people
have joined this group, and several have written comments. I
respectfully suggest you join this group, so you can help advance
those discussions, or at least monitor them. Your involvement in
this group has the potential to serve the common purpose of building
a better community.
The link to "The Pulse of Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois":
Local media online reports on
Lincoln's economic summit:
D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Professor emeritus of English
Missouri State University, Springfield
Honorary member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of
September 25, 2009]
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