Sixth in the series, the ornament in 24-karat gold over brass is enclosed in a white velvet presentation
case with the city seal embossed in gold on the cover. The limited
edition ornaments will include a numbered certificate of
authenticity, the story of University Hall as told by Lincoln
historian Paul Gleason and a miniature version of the proclamation
signed by Mayor Beth Davis naming it the official city ornament.
Lincoln College broke ground for
University Hall on Feb. 12, 1865. That date was on the anniversary
of President Lincoln's birth and would become his last living
birthday. The cornerstone was laid on Sept. 14, 1865, and the doors
opened to students in November 1866.
As a special recognition, the Main
Street board of directors has
chosen to again include a 2004
ornament as a thank-you gift for every business partnership of $125
or personal partnership of $50
received during the 2004 fund-raising campaign.
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"With all of the support we receive
from the community, this is just another great way for Main Street
to say thank you. We could not achieve the goals that we do without
your support," said Cynthia McGill, executive director.
The cost of each ornament is $15.
Ornaments may be purchased at the Main Street Lincoln office, 229 S.
Kickapoo, or by contacting the office at (217) 732-2929 or
Ornaments will be sold on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Street Lincoln news release]