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Historical society seeks submissions for new 'Neighborhoods' book

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[January 28, 2013]  A new book entitled "Neighborhoods, Lincoln, IL" is being published by the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society and the Lincoln Woman's Club, with Lincoln city and rural residents being asked to submit photos and resumes about their homes or homes of ancestors.

Diane Cherry Osborn, a seasoned writer from the Lincoln area, will compile the book, which is to include maps, vignettes on people instrumental in the city's development, and features on homes of architectural, historical and social significance. Also included in the book will be homes no longer in existence.

Socially significant homes would be those that have been occupied by well-known people, several generations of a family or by a family for a significant number of years. Also included would be homes considered "landmark" homes because of their location. This might include the first houses built on a street or in a subdivision, on a corner, or one that just captures attention.

Photos and information may be sent to Diane Osborn, 411 College Ave., Lincoln, IL, 62656; or emailed to By phone, she may be contacted at 217-605-0011. Items may also be brought to the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society office at 114 N. Chicago St.

Submitted information of interest could include the subdivision or addition where the home is located (this can be found on the tax bill or abstract), such as the Original Town of Lincoln or Knapp, Bird, & Tinsley; age of home; builder of home; previous occupants and years of occupancy, if known; number of generations of family at this residence or location; number of rooms; and other significant details about the home.

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Information for the book, including photos of homes no longer in existence, will also be accepted from the public.

Photos should be clear and of 5-by-7 size, except for especially significant homes, for which 8-by-10 photos will be accepted. Black-and-white photos are preferred.

Osborn says: "Do not let your home be left out of this historical work. It is anticipated to become a cherished collector's item in future years."

Only a limited number of copies will be printed.

Following publication of this book, it is anticipated that "Neighborhoods" books on homes in other areas of Logan County will be developed.

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