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KY Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport grand-prize drawing planned Thursday in Hodgenville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Gift basket includes prizes donated by KY Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet agencies

Drawing for the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport incentive program grand-prize gift basket, the culmination of a special Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial promotion featuring monthly prize giveaways that have taken place since the program was announced in June.  Grand-prize items have been donated by agencies of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as well as Lincoln-related sites (see the complete list, following), and encourage visitors to Give a Gift Made in Kentucky

9 a.m. (EST) Thursday, February 12 during the annual flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony on the square in downtown Hodgenville

Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse will draw the winning entry

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a scenic driving trail across central Kentucky highlighting more than a dozen historic sites associated with the president, his family and friends – places that in some way influenced him throughout his life and shaped the Lincoln legacy.  The trail passport program was created by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office as a fun incentive to encourage travelers to make Kentucky and the heritage trail their destination.

Thursday, all registrants including past monthly winners will be entered into the grand-prize drawing.  In addition to Kentucky, entries were received from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and Illinois.

While the Thursday grand-prize giveaway ends the current passport campaign, a special summer promotion is planned from June through August 2009.  Those interested in qualifying for a chance to enter can get started by picking up a passport map at any trail site or from the Kentucky Department of Travel,, then visit any Lincoln site to receive a customized passport stamp from that site.  Details about the new promotion and how to redeem stamped maps for prizes will be announced later this spring.  More information is also available at the trail Web site,

Visitors to any Lincoln site receive a free window cling for their car or home.

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 Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Travel and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Grand-Prize Gift Basket
Sponsored by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

• $25 Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card, donated through the courtesy of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

The Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card offers a unique way to give the gift of great history, great champions, great arts and crafts and great getaways in the state of Kentucky.

• Gift certificate for one night's lodging at any of Kentucky's magnificent State Resort Parks, and, a gift certificate for one round of golf with cart for two people redeemable at any Kentucky Department of Parks Golf Course, both donated through the courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Parks

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia.  The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges - more than any other state.

• Admission for four to the Kentucky Horse Park and the American Saddlebred Museum, plus a park hat, bandana and hand-painted mug with a racing scene, donated through the courtesy of the Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 920,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2008.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.  Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is the place to get close to horses. Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.

• A one-year subscription to Kentucky Afield magazine, a 2009 Kentucky Afield Outdoor Calendar and a personalized tour of the Salato Wildlife Center, donated through the courtesy of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

The mission of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources and provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and other wildlife-related activities.

• Lincoln: The Kentucky Years video and a Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Swiss Army Knife, donated through the courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society

An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future.  KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.  Since 1999, the $30 million center has welcomed more than one million visitors.

• Lincoln Legacy Tasting Tour Cookbook – Washington County, Kentucky,  “Where the Lincoln Legacy Began,” donated by the city of Springfield and the Main Street/Renaissance Program, along with a reproduction of the Lincoln marriage bond between Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from June 10, 1806.

• A one-year individual membership to Preservation Kentucky, Inc., a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky’s historic resources through education and advocacy.

• Four tickets to the Kentucky Library and Museum, four tickets to Lost River Cave and Valley, Lost River Cave mug and The Spirit of Lost River book, donated by the Bowling Green/Warren County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

• View of Farmington, a watercolor reproduction from the Library of Congress print, and note cards, donated by Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville.

• Officers’ Quarters at Camp Nelson, a numbered and signed print by Howard Frin, a set of note cards and Camp Nelson, Kentucky Commemorates the 140th Anniversary of the Recruitment of African American Soldiers, a print signed by the re-enactors, donated by Camp Nelson Heritage Park in Jessamine County.

• Abraham Lincoln: A Living Legacy, A Guide to Three Abraham Lincoln National Park Sites, donated by the National Park Service and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site and Lincoln Boyhood Home in Hodgenville.

• Lincoln-related memorabilia donated by the Lincoln Museum gift shop, Hodgenville.

• A jar of Hinton’s Orchard Apple Pie Filling, donated by Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market of Hodgenville. 

• Personalized tour for a group of four of the Lincoln Homestead and Mordecai Lincoln House, donated by Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield.

• Four tickets to each of the remaining three concerts of The Louisville Chorus 2009 concert series, donated by The Louisville Chorus.

• Personalized tour of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site by noted Civil War Historian Kurt Holman, donated by the Perryville state site and Kentucky State Parks.

• If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad children’s book, donated by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and Kentucky Heritage Council in recognition of Black History Month.

• Lincoln Bicentennial Magazine, February 2008-2010 Commemorative Kentucky Edition, plus a Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial ball cap and I, Too, Am a Kentuckian t-shirt, donated by the Kentucky Heritage Council and Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

• The Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau,, and Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission,, have also donated several items that invite Lincoln travelers to make their communities a destination

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of 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.



Last Updated 2/11/2009