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|Carl Sandburg and Bishop Hill State Historic Sites Expanding Hours
|POSTED 8:14 a-m 5/29/09 State historic sites in Galesburg and Henry County that appeared to be doomed late last year will be open longer, beginning next week.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced on Friday that the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a-m to 5 p-m for free public tours, effective on Thursday. The site has only offered the tours on weekends since the state reopened it on April 25th.
The three-room cottage is where Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 and his ashes are interred under Remembrance Rock behind the home. The site also includes an exhibit on Sandburg's life and times.
State officials also say the Bjorklund Hotel, Colony Church and Bishop Hill Musuem at Bishop Hill State Historic Site are now open seven days a week through September 7th. They had been open Wednesday through Sunday since reopening on April 23rd.
The buildings are part of a nearly intact Swedish community founded in 1846. The Museum contains numerous paintings of Bishop Hill life by famous folk artist Olof Krans.
The expanded hours of operations at the sites are being made possible by a supplemental appropriation bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat Quinn. The legislation allowed the IHPA to reopen 11 historic sites that had been closed since December of 2008 - including the Sandburg birthplace and Bishop Hill - and to hire temporary, seasonal workers that are necessary to daily operations during the busy summer tourism season.
Information about the Carl Sandburg Historic Site in Galesburg can be found online at www.sandburg.org.
|05 28 09 by Newsroom
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