Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Dead Presidents Day

Happy birthday to George and Abe! Living in the "Land of Lincoln" I cannot remember a grade when we didn't study Abe in school. I've visited the capital city (Springfield IL) many times to do the Lincoln Sites. It's a great place to take kids and teach them about history. Lincoln has a new Presidential Library in Springfield that I am anxious to see. But those not to be missed are his house (the only house he ever owned which is pictured at left in XS) in downtown Springfield that is now run by the US Park Service. Lincoln was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, where a 177 foot (54 m) tall granite tomb with several bronze statues of Lincoln was constructed by 1874.

New Salem Park, was a settlement where Lincoln lived when he was growing up. This grove of restored cabins is a great place to take kids and turn them loose for a day. Born February 12, 1809 in KY, Abe will be 200 years old in two years.
Happy BD to you to George.....


Blogger Katrina said...

Don't you love the Land of Lincoln? I've been to Springfield too, it was always a field trip when I was in school :-).

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

I've been to Springfield just once - I should go back and take DS - I'm sure he would love it!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I'd like to visit Springfield some day - history is fascinating!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I visited New Salem Park last summer with my Father. It was beautiful. There were some needlework samplers in the museum and some lovely quilts on display.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Dianne said...

This is an interesting post. I really love to learn about people's towns and states. The stitching is great too.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Patti IL said...

You must go to the presidential library as soon as possible! It is not to be missed! Went last year with three generations - my sons, my husband and I, and my parents - and each of us were totally enthralled! Hope you get to go soon! Of course we enjoyed all the sites you mentioned, but the library is the crown jewel!

12:45 PM  

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