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On November 17, 2019, the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition received the Wendy Allen Award for Institutional Excellence at The Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Each year, The Lincoln Forum presents at its annual symposium, a special award to a Lincoln or Civil War institution or organization that has achieved widespread recognition for bringing learning, scholarship, and enlightenment to a wide public. 

"In honoring this group, we do honor to ourselves. 'Looking for Lincoln' has taken hallowed ground and made it accessible to more and more visitors. As one who has often enjoyed the thrill of walking alongside Lincoln's Illinois pathways, I cannot overemphasize the importance of 'place' to history, and the importance of 'Looking for Lincoln' in leading the way to these places for all Americans" said Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Lincoln Forum.

"We are honored to receive this award for our efforts in preserving and telling the story of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois to visitors and residents alike," said Sarah Watson, Executive Director, Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. "We would like to thank The Lincoln Forum for their support of our efforts."

 The Lincoln Forum is an assembly of people who share a deep interest in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Through a roster of activities and projects including symposia, tours, student essay competitions, teacher scholarships, a newsletter, Lincoln studies, the Forum endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln. More information about The Lincoln Forum can be found at:

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