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Lincoln in Union County


From the October 2009 Newsletter

Following the business meeting, members took some time to see and read the traveling Lincoln display. The educational piece was produced by former Cobden PAST member Carla Smith Bell at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

The exhibit has been presented to PAST and will remain in the Union County area for display in local venues. It will remain at St Anne’s for a limited time. St Anne’s is scheduled to open to visitors on the 4th Saturday of October and 4th Saturday of November from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. To arrange to use the display for school or community exhibits, call 618-833-8745.


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P.A.S.T. of Union County encourages visitors to go "Looking for Lincoln" and to visit the various Lincoln sites in the area:

     You may wish to "Walk Where Lincoln Walked" from the square in Jonesboro to the Lincoln Memorial Park. Visit the "Looking for Lincoln" Wayside sign, or story board on the square in Jonesboro and be reminded of the local history. Follow the footprints to the park and visit the memorial courtyard, with its Lincoln-Douglas commemorative monument and another "Looking for Lincoln" story board. See the recently dedicated statues of Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglas presiding over the site of the famous debates of 1858.

     At the Anna-Jo Garden Club Park in east Anna, visit the "Looking for Lincoln" Wayside sign and read about when Anna was "Jonesboro Station" and about the importance of the railroad to the area. On the three Anna-Jonesboro Lincoln-Douglas story boards, visitors will find a brass medallion that can be "rubbed" to make a design called a brass rubbing.  The local medallions represent Lincoln and Douglas, a horse and carriage, and a  locomotive.

     When going down Anna's Main Street, notice the house where Lincoln stayed when he visited in 1858. He stayed two nights at the home of D. L Phillips and visited in Anna and Jonesboro as he prepared for the debate with Mr. Douglas. The house is now the subject of an effort by P.A.S.T. to preserve the historical home as a living history site for the community.

For more information about the Lincoln sites, call 833-3228.



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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

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