Atlanta, Illinois Named “Looking for Lincoln” Community
The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition – Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area announced today that Atlanta, Illinois has been designated as an official Looking for Lincoln Community. As an official Looking for Lincoln Community, Atlanta joins a family of 22 other Illinois communities that tell the story of Lincoln’s life and times across the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
On Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 1 p.m., President Abraham Lincoln and Looking for Lincoln Executive Director, Sarah Watson, will formally designate Atlanta as a Looking for Lincoln Community during festivities for Atlanta’s Route 66 Cruise In. The presentation will take place on Arch Street across from the Route 66 icon – The Palms Grill Café. Historic US Route 66 in Illinois traverses much of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Each year visitors from around the globe travel this historic route, and while they are here take in all of the rich history of the communities along the road.
Looking for Lincoln, as the coordinating body for the 42-county Heritage Area, is a coalition and partnership of organizations and individuals dedicated to enhancing the communities and landscapes of central Illinois through recognition and support of their significant natural, cultural and historical legacies. The coalition works together to tell the unique and special stories of how Illinois and its residents helped shape the man who would become president and of how Lincoln helped shape Illinois. In addition, Looking for Lincoln helps communities share their Lincoln legacy by attracting visitors to their communities. That Lincoln tourism helps sustain and enhance economic growth throughout the region.
For more information about the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, go to www.lookingforlincoln.comwww.lookingforlincoln.com