The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is holding a celebration to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at his parents’ former home. Volunteers will share and reenact stories from the 16th president’s life on Feb. 11 at the site where Lincoln’s father and stepmother once lived. The site will also be open on Feb. 12, Lincoln’s actual birthday. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site was the 1840s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln. It is eight miles south of Charleston and about 15 miles southwest of Mattoon. The 86-acre property includes a 1936 reproduction of the Lincolns’ two-room cabin along with a museum display and working farmstead complete with sheep. The original cabin was disassembled and shipped to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and was never seen again.
Farmer Jim Purlee says “ethanol sells itself if you can get it to the market.”
The District 205 board must approve any possible Reductions in Force before the end of February and they’ll do that tonight.
Galesburg and Knox College are both turning 180 years old this year. To mark the occasion local actors and historians have put together a program this evening that harkens back to Galesburg’s 50th birthday party. Gail Masinda says this
A young man who inspired state legislation allowing high school and middle school students to miss school to play Taps at military funerals was honored as an honorary page in the Illinois House on Wednesday. Alwood High School