“What if Lincoln Had Not Been Stranded on the Dam?”
A Centennial Celebration Presentation by Guy Fraker
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Visitor Center Auditorium
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site
Rt. 97/123 Petersburg, Illinois
Social hour afterward with refreshments and music
Another milestone year, 2019 marks the centennial of Lincoln’s New Salem as an Illinois State Park!
The pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived during the 1830’s vanished from the landscape shortly after Lincoln departed. The residents moved to other locations and livelihoods and New Salem faded away. However, the memories of New Salem persisted, especially when the one-time neighbor became the 16th president of the United States.
To honor Lincoln’s life-altering years at New Salem, in the early 1900’s local people organized as the Old Salem Lincoln League to purchase the pasture above the river. As part of Illinois’s centennial celebration, the Old Salem Lincoln League hosted events and started the historic rebuilding of the village. Their efforts resulted in the New Salem hilltop being transferred to the State of Illinois in 1919 to become one of our first state parks! Only three state parks (Starved Rock, Fort de Chartres and Fort Massac) are older.
Today’s New Salem Lincoln League continues the effort started over a century ago. We are partnering this year with the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to recognize the 100 years of public stewardship which has allowed hundreds of thousands of visitors to experience the pioneer life of Lincoln’s time. At our annual meeting Guy Fraker of the Abraham Lincoln Association will discuss “What if Lincoln Had Not Been Stranded on the Dam?” We will also preview the events planned for 2019.
We hope you will plan to attend this free event and renew (or upgrade) your membership. If you are not already a member, the New Salem Lincoln League, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, would welcome your help in our support of many of the site’s popular special events, volunteer activities and rehabilitation projects.
For more information about Guy Fraker, please visit his website www.lincolnsladder.com