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State historic sites return to 5-day-per-week schedule after Labor Day

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[September 01, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' state historic sites operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will return to a five-day-per-week schedule the first full week of September. Most sites are open on Labor Day, but most will be closed on Tuesday as the new schedule takes effect.

Many sites have been open daily during the 2007 summer tourist season as a result of a budget initiative by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, and these sites are scheduled to resume that same seven-day-per-week schedule in the spring of 2008. Nearly three-quarters of the people who visit Illinois' historic sites come between spring and Labor Day.

Lincoln Tomb, the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield will remain open seven days per week year-round.

The following state-operated historic sites have been open daily this summer and will return to a five-day-per-week schedule beginning Sept. 4: Apple River Fort, Elizabeth; Black Hawk, Rock Island; Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville; Lincoln Log Cabin, near Charleston; Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg; Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Springfield; Bishop Hill; Bryant Cottage, Bement; Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia; Carl Sandburg, Galesburg; Douglas Tomb, Chicago; Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher; Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove; Jubilee College, Brimfield; Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove; Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena; and Vandalia Statehouse, Vandalia.

The following state historic sites are open five days per week year-round: Dana-Thomas House, Springfield; David Davis Mansion, Bloomington; Metamora Courthouse; Mount Pulaski Courthouse; Old Market House, Galena; Postville Courthouse, Lincoln; Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield.

For more detailed information about state historic site schedules, visit

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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