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Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:29 am

MONUMENTAL

After 116 years of dormancy, the Lincoln Monument Association is back, champing at the bit with plans to support our 16th president’s tomb. Originally started immediately after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the Lincoln Monument Association helped pick the location and design for the tomb, which stands 117 feet high in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetary. The group dissolved in 1895, when the last remaining member handed responsibility for the tomb to the State of Illinois. Pam Van Alstine, president and founding member of the new Lincoln Monument Association, says the tomb was – until recently – the only state historical site without an official support group.

Van Alstine, who is also the volunteer coordinator at the tomb, says the group hopes to increase volunteer numbers at the tomb, hire more staff to care for it and help pay for special events like an upcoming historical reenactment to be held there on Sept. 10. They also hope to set up a scholarship and even publish historical books. Mayor Mike Houston is the group’s first honorary member, and more members are welcome. For more information, call 782-2717.
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