[ISHMap-List] Lincoln Presidential Library to preserve 19th-century maps
tonycampbellockendon at gmail.com
Sat Jan 25 17:51:28 CET 2014
Head of Lincoln Presidential Library announces preservation of
Amber Ruch on KFVS12, 24 January
"Irreplaceable Illinois maps and photographs are being preserved for
generations to come thanks to money raised by special presentations on
legal history produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum [Springfield, Illinois] and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic
The presidential library will be able to restore five extremely rare
maps that are deteriorating badly. One is an 1879 map of the state that
apparently can be found nowhere else.
Another is a map of Sangamon County from 1858 that lists more than 5,000
landowners – in effect, a list of the people interacting with Abraham
Lincoln as he rose to national prominence. A Pike County map from 1860
shows New Philadelphia, the first town in America to be legally
established by an African-American ..."
I cannot vouch for the maps' rarity but the two illustrations certainly
indicate a restoration need.
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