|Monday, Jun 25, 2012|
The park and its five partners won Midwest Region’s excellence in partnerships merit award this month for their collaborative promotion, planning, and presentation of "An Historic Christmas" program.
By joining together, Lincoln Home and its partners – Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, Edwards Place at the Springfield Art Association, Elijah Iles House, Pasfield House Inn, and Sound Celebration Chorus – were able to pool resources and tell a richer, more complete story of how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-1800s when Lincoln walked the streets of Springfield.
Over 1000 visitors attended this program, which included a tour of five historic homes, a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, Christmas caroling by Sound Celebration Chorus, and special activities such as children’s crafts, poetry reading, and a Soldiers’ Aid Society program. This program is a model for the planning and presentation of future downtown Springfield historic site programs.