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Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home Preserved by Citizen Effort

Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home Preserved!

knobcreeklincolnhome2"The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site will be expanded as a result of legislation authorizing the National Park Service to accept by donation from the National Park Trust the property known as the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek." - Carl Howell Jr., President, Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage, Inc.

NEWS RELEASE
February 11, 2002

Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home Preserved by Citizen Effort

lincoln01Washington D.C. - The Abraham Lincoln boyhood home at Knob Creek Hill in Kentucky will become a part of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, tomorrow on President Lincoln's birthday. The transfer ceremony will be held in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Fran Mainella, the Director of the National Park Service will be the keynote speaker at this historic event.

This 232 acre addition was made possible by the hard work of the Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage, Inc. and the National Park Trust (NPT) working with the National Park Service.

In 1999, NPT provided a $10,000 grant to obtain an option agreement on the land in order to protect it while one million dollars was raised to purchase the property. The property, a 232-acre tract of land known as Knob Hill, is adjacent to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site. The farmhouse that President Abraham Lincoln grew up on is located on a 30-acre farm located within the Knob Hill property. Preservationists sought to protect the entire area in order to ensure the integrity of the broader cultural landscape of which the farm was a part.

"I am pleased to report that the initial grant of $10,000 by the National Park Trust has been leveraged into $992,500 towards the acquisition of the historic boyhood home site of Abraham Lincoln," said Carl Howell Jr., President of Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage, Inc. "The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site will be expanded as a result of legislation authorizing the National Park Service to accept by donation from the National Park Trust the property known as the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek."

"We are proud that the property can be added to the National Park Service, protecting it for generations to come," said Paul Pritchard, president of the National Park Trust. "In December of 2001, NPT was called upon again for assistance. NPT donated additional funds to complete the fundraising effort to purchase Knob Hill in order to meet the acquisition deadline. But it was the local citizens that made it happen. Kentucky can be proud of its citizens."

The National Park Trust is the only land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historic monuments.

For more information contact:
National Park Trust (NPT)
(202) 548-0500
npt@parktrust.org
http://www.parktrust.org