State Abraham Lincoln sites to resume seven-day-per-week operation
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Expanded schedules coincide with
opening of presidential museum
[FEB. 8, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod
Blagojevich announced Feb. 1 that several of the state's most-visited Abraham
Lincoln sites administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will
return to seven-day-per-week operations to coincide with the opening of the
Lincoln Presidential Museum.
"Thousands of people will soon come
to Springfield to visit the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum,
opening in April," Gov. Blagojevich said. "This new museum will
demonstrate the importance of our state's rich heritage, and
resuming daily operations at nearby Lincoln sites will allow
visitors to further explore Lincoln's life and times all week long."
Lincoln's New Salem, a restored
1830s village near Petersburg where Lincoln lived for six years, and
the Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices in Springfield
will be open seven days a week beginning April 16 and running
through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
The expanded days of operation are
made possible by visitor donations collected at many of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency's 61 historic sites and memorials
across the state.
Lincoln's New Salem is currently
closed on Monday and Tuesday, and the Old State Capitol and
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices are closed on Sunday and Monday.
Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in
Springfield will maintain its current seven-day-per-week schedule.
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Most historic sites operated by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency were reduced from seven-day to
five-day-per-week schedules in September 2002 due to state budget
reductions. The rest of the agency's historic sites and memorials
will remain on the reduced schedule put into effect in 2002.
"This is an important step to reopen
historic sites to a full schedule, thanks to the generous donations
of concerned citizens," said Robert Coomer, director of the agency.
www.Illinois-History.gov for the complete operational schedule
for Illinois' state historic sites and memorials.
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