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Preview model of Abraham Lincoln statue to be on display at Feb. 25 committee meeting

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[February 20, 2013]  The Abraham Lincoln Statue Committee will have an 18-inch model of the proposed statue on display at a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society center, 114 N. Chicago St. Special invitations have been sent to officials of all the towns in Logan County, members of the county board and the media to attend the meeting.

David Seagraves, artist for the statue, will be present. Seagraves was the artist who produced the Civil War soldier statue that was dedicated in 2011.

The new statue is intended to commemorate a speech given by Abraham Lincoln on Oct. 16, 1858, during his run for the Senate. The speech took place on the Logan County Courthouse square and drew a crowd of 5,000. The town of Lincoln was just five years old and its population was swelled far beyond its permanent residents that day.

The model statue will be on display at the LCGHS center throughout the fundraising campaign for the statue production. A copy of the print of a painting of the Lincoln speech will also be on display during the same period.

Members of the statue committee are available to speak to groups around the county. Committee members can be reached through LCGHS. Call 217-732-3200 to leave a message.

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Donations for the project may be made to LCGHS. Individuals who donate $100 or more to the project will receive an unframed, numbered copy of the print. The prints are being donated to the statue committee by Main Street Lincoln.

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