The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned

 
9781450754156: The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned

The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois. For generations and in many ways, Lincoln, Illinois--the only town named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous--, has searched for, commemorated, exploited, and sometimes neglected its Abraham Lincoln-related history and the Lincoln legend in general. The tradition of engaging in these activities forms the town's namesake heritage, and this book probes the questions of how this town has created that heritage and how well it has done so. This book is not just a new history of the first Lincoln namesake town--it is a new kind of local history because it blends Lincoln heritage-related reminiscence from the author's years of growing up in the first Lincoln namesake town in the 1940s and 1950s; his history research; accounts of his community service of recent years relating to the local Lincoln heritage; his commentary on the town's Abraham Lincoln-related literature, art, and civic life. The last chapter, "Conclusions and Recommendations," has various recommended strategies for how to expand this local Lincoln heritage to increase civic pride and heritage tourism--with significant economic benefits. The book measures 6 by 9 inches and has xxvi pp + 214 pp = 240 total pages, 73 grayscale illustrations (mostly original photos, a couple of picture postcards, a few scanned pages of documents, and a photo of a painting in the Abraham Lincoln Heritage Museum of Lincoln College), 300 endnotes with dozens of sources cited ranging from published histories of Lincoln and Logan County to major Abraham Lincoln biographies and to the creative writing (literature) of Lincolnites Langston Hughes, William Maxwell, and Robert Wilson. On April 27, 2012 this book was given an award for superior achievement by the Illinois State Historical Society at its 32nd Annual Illinois History Symposium. Some reviews are printed on the back cover.

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