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Looking For Lincoln? Freeport Could Be Added To Heritage Area

Susan Stephens

The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area already covers 42 counties across Illinois. A resolution in Washington would add Freeport and Jonesboro, which were sites of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Sarah Watson is the Executive Director of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.

“We anticipate this will be the only time we would ever ask for an expansion of the heritage area,” Watson said.

Watson says there are some federal dollars available for the communities to promote their Lincoln sites.

“Being a part of a national heritage area means you are part of the National Park Service and that just adds some significance to how important the story is,” Watson said.

The resolution also includes Livingston County where Lincoln spent time as a young lawyer.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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