The House Where Lincoln Stayed

Dear Community Member,

     The P.A.S.T. group (Promoting Appreciation of Structural Treasures) of Union County has signed a contract to buy the house where Lincoln stayed for our community-- contingent upon being able to raise $200,000. This amount is not as daunting as it may seem, since we have learned that the Illinois Department of Tourism considers the Lincoln site to be a valuable addition to attractions in Southern Illinois. Their grant program will match all donations and even pledges that we may obtain.

     P.A.S.T. is appealing to you, your organization, business, or corporation to consider pledging or contributing to save this house for future generations of our county, area, and the Land of Lincoln. It seems most appropriate that our community be asked to be stewards of this treasure in 2009, the year of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. The committee welcomes requests to present further information about the project to you or your group.

     Jim and Pat Tripp have lovingly restored and updated the 4000 square foot home. They are now retired and plan to move to be near their daughter. The P.A.S.T. organization’s vision is to provide displays and activities for children and adults alike. Our goal is that the public may come to appreciate more fully Union County’s importance in the years before and during the Civil War. Luncheons, tours, a gift shop, a bed and breakfast, etc. would be offered to help with operating expenses. A resource room will also be established to assist in local history and genealogy projects. Our board will work with area schools to present to the students, in a fun and entertaining way, the importance of their local history.

    Won’t you become a “Hometown History Hero” and return the form below along with your check or pledge? Donors will be recognized in an appropriate manner at the house. You may call 833-8745 or 833-6694 for more information.

Thank you in advance,

Linda Hileman, President of P.A.S.T., and
“House Where Lincoln Stayed” committee


Name ____________________________________ Check amt. made to “PAST” ______________

Address___________________________________ Pledge payable in 2009 _____________

____________________________________________ Signature ___________________________
All donations are tax-deductible. Please check if you would like a receipt. _______
Mail to: P.A.S.T. 190 White Pine Ln. Anna, IL 62906 THANK YOU!

In the event that the $200,000 needed to purchase the house is not collected in time, donations for this project will be placed in the “P.A.S.T. Place” account to assist the organization in purchasing a suitable place to display P.A.S.T.’s memorabilia and historical items. (Unless you indicate otherwise.)