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LaSalle Co. and Pontiac Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tour LaSalle and Livingston County’s most notable Lincoln sites and attractions, answer questions and snap photos for this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Complete challenges at all 15 sites you’ll earn a Challenge Coin!

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State Police join Abraham Lincoln on the Big Slide
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

On Sunday, August 15, five Illinois State Police troopers joined Abraham Lincoln as they hit the bright yellow slopes of the Illinois State Fair Giant Slide. The officers offered an excellent security detail as they proceeded down the iconic slide.

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Dept of Interior waives entrance fees on Aug 4
Friday, July 30, 2021

Interior Department Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary with Fee Free Day on Public Lands by waiving entrance fees on Aug 4.

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Abraham Lincoln Fathers a City: A Glimpse into the Namesake City of Lincoln Illinois
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 7:00 PM

In this conversation, Lincoln College professor Ron Keller traces the unique Abraham Lincoln heritage of Lincoln, Illinois, the only city named for (and christened by) Abraham Lincoln before he was president. From Lincoln’s days in as a circuit-riding lawyer in nearby Postville in the 1830s, to his visits to Lincoln as a trial attorney and rising politician, some of the people Lincoln met and places Lincoln went to in the city will be examined.  We will even explore how a plot to steal Lincoln’s body after his death has a Lincoln, Illinois connection. 

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Lincoln and Mormon Country
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7:00 PM

What does Abraham Lincoln have to do with Mormon Country? Join our conversation with historian Bryon Andreasen to hear stories and learn reasons why this topic has important relevance for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Bryon Andresen is a historian at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City and the author of "Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield" and "Looking for Lincoln in Illinois Lincoln and Mormon Country." He was formerly the research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and helped create the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.

This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. https://www.facebook.com/LookingforLincoln, or https://www.youtube.com/user/LookingforLincoln

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Regional Highlight

In 1842, Dr. Richard Eells was arrested and charged with harboring and secreting a fugitive slave, and fined $400 by Judge Stephen Douglas. He then lost in the Illinois Supreme Court. The case was later heard by the US Supreme Court, after Eell's death, which also upheld the ruling. Eells estate was represented by Salmon P. Chase and William Seward future secretaries of treasury and state in the Lincoln administration.

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