First phase of new website launched for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum       Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 20, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Want to get a line on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield? Then go online to the facility's new website:

"The first phase of this new informational tool is being launched on the 141st anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," said Richard Norton Smith, director of the library and museum. "The new website tells people about the historic treasure trove they may now visit, the presidential library, and about the presidential museum, which will set new standards for historic attractions when it opens in the spring."

The website will detail all aspects of the library and museum, including the world-renowned, 47,000-item Lincoln collection and the 12 million other original items pertaining to Illinois history that form the basis for the new complex.

The website was designed by Michael Standley and David Brodsky, the latter a Springfield resident and native of the Ukraine, and funded by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Website visitors can view a nine-minute DVD that provides a preview of the museum's fully immersive exhibits and audiovisual programs. An interactive timeline provides information about Abraham Lincoln's life. Visitor information is provided, including hours of operation, reservations and driving directions. The library and museum's education department, volunteer and donor opportunities, and facility rental program are also listed, as well as links to local sites and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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"The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a world-class facility, and this new website will help bring it to the world," said Smith. "We hope that website visitors will check back often as this site is further developed to learn more about what the library has to offer and to get construction updates as the museum nears completion."

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a state-of-the-art complex now under construction in Springfield. The facility is funded by a combination of state, federal, municipal and private funds. The library opened in October 2004. The museum, designed by BRC Imagination Arts in conjunction with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2005. The complex represents a significant opportunity for Illinois tourism and will serve as a gateway to other Lincoln and Lincoln-era sites across the country.

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Life Sentence, No Parole

If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a kennel.

Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.  Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to them.  Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.

Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.

If you have a backyard dog, please, bring him or her inside.  They don't want much--just you.

A public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and

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