October 01, 2019
How did the idea of Lincoln Landing come to be? Who was involved in the creation of Lincoln Landing? In a presentation at the Gaylord Building in Lockport, IL, Dr. Dennis Cremin from Lewis University, discusses Lincoln Landing and its journey over the past ten years.
August 14, 2019
Lockport’s Lincoln Landing is one of the places we can visit to celebrate Abraham Lincoln. While Lincoln Landing gives us a new perspective into his life and work, it is not the only location that expands on the conversation about Lincoln.
August 14, 2019
What is a legacy, and how should we celebrate it? One of the ways Lincoln’s legacy is celebrated in Illinois is Lincoln Landing, which reminds us of the impact of Lincoln’s work in the state legislature. The Gaylord Building Historic Site and the Lewis University History Center are examining Lincoln’s local and national legacy, as well as marking the 10th anniversary of Lincoln Landing with the Lincoln’s Legacy exhibit.
June 10, 2019
Every town has its own unique history. Lockport, with its storied past, has chosen to embrace its history in a big way. One prime example is Old Canal Days. While this large event has become a staple in the community, the first Old Canal Days in 1972 was pretty modest. At this time, the I&M Canal had fallen into disrepair, and there were many in the community that realized the canal was too important to not be celebrated. Out of this desire to embrace Lockport’s history, Old Canal Days was born, as the creators established it as a way to celebrate the Canal’s economic and cultural link for Lockport. The first Old Canal Days, much like it does now, focused on history, with historical exhibits set up along State Street. Since then, the event has grown tenfold, and spans 4 days. However, the focus is still very much on local history.
June 04, 2019
When thinking of Abraham Lincoln, what is the image that comes to mind? You are probably imagining a stoic man with a beard. This makes sense, considering this is the most common representation of Lincoln. One famous example is the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. by Daniel Chester French. French, like many artists, used Lincoln’s likeness during the Civil War as inspiration for his work. From these examples, you would never know that Lincoln had a reputation for his sense of humor. Modern artists are going beyond the age-old image and showing different facets of Lincoln’s personality.