Lincoln, Ill., to be on CNN Thursday
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[February 10, 2009]
Thanks to a note from tourism
director Geoff Ladd, this week the nation will be informed of what
everyone in Logan County already knows: Out of 24 cities in the U.S.
named after Abraham Lincoln, only our town was christened by him.
Thursday, on Abe Lincoln's 200th birthday, CNN News will air a
special piece dealing with Lincoln: the city and the man. The
interest came from the fact that old Abe himself christened the town
named for him, and that makes the city of Lincoln the only city in
America that can make that claim.
It is undetermined what times
the piece will be aired, but producer Chris Davis advised that CNN
will have the video available on the Web throughout the day, if not
The filming included the State Bank Investment Center, the depot
at the spot the christening took place, the Postville Courthouse and
ended up with a sun setting on Abe and his covered wagon on Woodlawn
Road and the beltline.
Ron Keller, curator of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln
College, felt the national exposure to Lincoln was a real positive.
"I think it's a personal honor having a national network come in to
cover what we do and our great connection to Abraham Lincoln," he
said. "We are unique and have a unique story to tell."
Paul Gleason, also with the Lincoln College Museum, said that
Davis also spent time talking with area residents, including Mayor
Beth Davis-Kavelman, himself, Shirley Bartelmay, LC student
Angelique Crusoe and noted local historian Paul Beaver.
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Gleason also observed the strong linkage between Lincoln and new
President Barack Obama, and he discussed that with Davis. Gleason
said that to date this would have to be considered the high point of
equality in races in America since the time President Lincoln signed
the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Bartelmay said that Davis took extensive film footage inside
It is undetermined what the length of the program's footage will
be, so we will just have to wait with America for Thursday to find
out if when looking for Abraham Lincoln, people will also start
looking for Lincoln, Illinois.