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Kentucky Heritage Council Media Advisory
Campbellsville Elementary School to host "presidential" visit Friday morning

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120
diane.comer@ky.gov
 


WHAT:
Visit by “President” Abraham Lincoln during school assembly.

The president will present a basket of Lincoln-related memorabilia to fourth-grader Zack Settle, winner of a monthly prize drawing for the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program

WHEN:
8 a.m. (EDT) Friday, October, 24, Campbellsville Elementary School
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230 W. Main Street, Campbellsville

NOTE:
Both Zack and President Lincoln will be available afterward for interviews.

Ironically, 9-year-old Zack is a huge Lincoln fan and presidential history buff who can name all the presidents, spout presidential trivia and also boast of having visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois.  He has already announced to his family and friends that he will be seeking a presidential bid in 2034.

Zack visited at least 10 Kentucky Lincoln sites to earn enough stamps in his passport trail map to become eligible for the drawing.  He will receive a Lincoln stovepipe hat filled with treats such as a copy of Abraham Lincoln for Kids – His Life and Times with 21 Activities, a Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial hat and t-shirt, an Abraham Lincoln badge, Lincoln 2009 Commemorative Bicentennial Calendar and the Honest Abe Famous Be’an Collectible.  Items were collected through the generosity of Farmington Historic Plantation and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Lincoln will be portrayed by John Mansfield of Nashville, a Kentucky native originally from Glasgow and 2008 winner of the Hodgenville Lincoln Days Lincoln Look-Alike competition.

MORE ABOUT THE TRAIL
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 is a fun incentive to encourage travelers to make Kentucky and the heritage trail their destination.

Those interested in qualifying for a chance to enter the monthly prize drawing can get started by picking up a passport map at any trail site or from the Kentucky Department of Travel, www.kytourism.com.  Visit any Lincoln site to receive a customized passport stamp from that site.  Once 10 stamps from any 10 sites are accumulated, present the passport at any site to register for the free prize drawing.  Visitors to any Lincoln site will also receive a free window cling for their car or home.

Prize drawings take place the 12th of each month through February 12, 2009, the actual bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth.  On that day all registrants will be entered into the grand prize drawing which will include a stay at a Kentucky state park.  In addition to Kentucky, entries to date have been received from California, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

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.  For more, visit www.kylincolntrail.com

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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.  www.heritage.ky.gov



 

Last Updated 10/22/2008