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Training to be offered for potential volunteers at Lincoln’s New Salem

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[March 16, 2017]  PETERSBURG - Lincoln’s New Salem is offering everyone a chance to help bring the Abraham Lincoln story to life by volunteering, whether it’s wearing period clothing, staffing the Visitor Center or helping with special events.

Several opportunities to find out more about becoming a volunteer at the historic site are coming up soon. Potential volunteers can attend any one of the sessions.

They’ll be held in Springfield at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s main office (313 South Sixth Street) on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on April 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Sessions will also be held at the site itself on March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on April 1 from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

The information sessions will explore volunteer opportunities at the site as well as expectations and benefits. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Anyone who wants to proceed with becoming a volunteer will be required to attend a training series in April at the site. Volunteers can choose between attending three Thursday evenings (April 6, 13 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.) or two Saturdays (April 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information, email,  call 217-632-4000 or visit  and look for the “volunteering” tab.

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Lincoln’s New Salem is a re-creation of the 1830s log village where Lincoln lived for six years. It is located along Route 97 about two miles south of Petersburg and 20 miles northwest of Springfield, and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.

The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.

For more information, visit

[Shanta Thoele
Executive Secretary
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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