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Looking for Lincoln Communities
The vitality of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) is dependent on communities and events that contribute to the ALNHA’s mission, goals, and guiding principles. The Looking for Lincoln community designation program provides a system to recognize communities and events that support the ALNHA mission, goals, further the understanding of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, and contribute to the broad experience of the national heritage area.
A Looking for Lincoln Community is designated by the ALNHA steering council and must be within the boundaries of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. It has an authenticated story that fits within the ALNHA interpretive themes, and actively tells that story. A Looking for Lincoln Community designation can denote either a community or county.
Current Looking for Lincoln Communities include: Alton, Beardstown, Champaign-Urbana, Charleston (includes LL Cabin), Clinton, Danville, Decatur, Galesburg, Hancock County, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Mahomet, McLean County, Metamora, Mt. Pulaski, Oakland, Petersburg, Pike County, Pleasant Plains, Quincy, Shelbyville, Springfield, Taylorville and Vandalia.
Existing Looking for Lincoln Communities
Over the last year the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Steering Council has redefined the Looking for Lincoln (LFL) community designation program and one of the central changes is the emphasis on the LFL Working Group. Existing LFL Communities are as unique and diverse as the individuals who comprise each of the LFL working groups. Some communities have large working groups and others have one or two committed individuals. Other LFL Communities encompass entire counties while others focus on just one community.
Looking for Lincoln is asking each LFL Community to complete the Existing LFL Working Group Kit, LFL Community Information Form and LFL Community MOU below. We hope the Looking for Lincoln Working Group kit reinvigorates your efforts and assists each LFL Community in engaging the appropriate stakeholders.
To download the Existing LFL Community Working Group Kit, click HERE.
To download the LFL Community Information Form, click HERE.
To download the LFL Community Memorandum of Understanding, click HERE.
Become a Looking for Lincoln Community
The first step towards becoming a Looking for Lincoln (LFL) Community is to be designated an Emerging LFL Community. Emerging LFL Communities are communities that are working towards becoming a designated LFL Community.
LFLHC staff will work with potential emerging LFL communities to facilitate the creation of an LFL Working Group. LFLHC staff is available to answer questions and guide communities through the designation process.
To download the LFL Emerging Community Application Packet, click HERE.
To download the LFL Emerging Community Application, click HERE.
To download the LFL Emerging Community Memorandum of Understanding, click HERE.
To download the ALNHA Interpretive Themes, click HERE.
Looking for Lincoln Community Annual Report
The purpose of the Looking for Lincoln Community Annual Report is to provide the Looking for Lincoln Communities an opportunity to share what they have accomplished so Looking for Lincoln can pass that information along to the National Park Service and provide the us with the information needed to complete the annual report for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
Please submit the Looking for Lincoln Community Annual Report to the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition by November 1. If you have any questions please contact the LFLHC staff at 217-782-6817.
To download the LFL Community Annual Report, click HERE.
To download the LFL In-kind Donation Form, click HERE.
To download the LFL Donated Material Form, click HERE.
Looking for Lincoln Community Self-Assessment
The purpose of the Looking for Lincoln Community Self-Assessment is to assist a Looking for Lincoln Community or Emerging Looking for Lincoln Community in identifying its strengths and weakness and creating a baseline from which to establish goals for the future development of the Looking for Lincoln Community. If you have any question please contact the Looking for Lincoln staff at 217-782-6817.
To download the example LFL Community Self-Assessment, click HERE.
To download the pdf version of the LFL Community Self-Assessment, click HERE.
To download the Microsoft Word version of the LFL Community Self-Assessment, click HERE.