Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office
KY Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program to be unveiled May 31 in Hodgenville
Visitors can earn prizes, recognition for collecting passport stamps at trail sites
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Just in time for the summer travel season, the public is invited to join special guests and representatives of sites along the new Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail for the unveiling of a passport program designed to encourage travelers to make Kentucky and the heritage trail their destination. Incentives for accumulating stamps from each of the sites will be announced during the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) Saturday, May 31 on Lincoln Square in downtown Hodgenville. The event follows The Boy Lincoln Sculpture Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony on the square at 11 a.m.
The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a project of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Tourism and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The trail is a scenic route through central Kentucky with 18 designated passport stamp sites, each of which has a historical connection to our nation's 16th president. In addition to 27 interpretive markers along the trail, visitor tools include wayfinding signage, a map and Web site, www.kylincolntrail.com.
Prior to the passport unveiling, replicas of the two trail markers posted at the Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek will be unveiled by Brooks Howard and members of the Howard family, who owned the farm prior to its sale to the National Park Service in 2001. Lincoln was born in LaRue County on February 12, 1809 on the farm which is now the Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, and he lived with his family at Knob Creek prior to moving to Indiana at age 7.
Guest speakers for the unveiling include Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Kentucky Historical Society Director Kent Whitworth, Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner, a member of the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and co-chair (along with State Senator Dan Kelly) of the Kentucky commission.
Other activities throughout the day include a presentation by sculptors on the making of The Boy Lincoln statue, Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua presentations of "Mary Todd Lincoln" and "Margaret Garner," activities at the Lincoln Museum including sales of specially developed Lincoln products by Kentucky artists, the HistoryMobile with Lincoln exhibit, a cake and punch reception, showing of the KET production Lincoln: I, Too, Am a Kentuckian and children's pioneer games at the Boyhood Home.
"In addition to appealing to visitors who come to Kentucky from around the world to discover the places that influenced Lincoln during his lifetime, the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program is a great fit with the Commerce Cabinet's new Discover Your Own Backyard promotion encouraging Kentuckians to visit unique destinations close to home," said Donna M. Neary, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. "Together, these showcase all the wonderful attractions Kentucky has to offer because of its rich history, natural scenic areas and arts and cultural heritage."
For more about Discover Your Own Backyard, see www.mykentuckybackyard.com. For more about May 31 events in Hodgenville, see www.kylincoln.org/events/boylincoln.htm.
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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov