Memorial Building featured on ornament

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Design based on photograph taken last winter

By Linda Ireland

The Lincoln Museum’s annual collectible Christmas ornament continues the Lincoln Bicentennial theme.


The white ornament, seventh in a series of eight, features the Memorial Building that houses the traditional birth cabin at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. The photo was taken by a park employee during a February snow.

An ill-timed ice storm canceled the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration at the park Feb. 12, but staff commemorated the 200th birthday of the 16th president despite the weather. The ceremony was moved to LaRue County High School.

“We had several different options for the ornament,” said Iris LaRue, director of The Lincoln Museum. “This photo, which was contributed to us, was just outstanding.”

The photograph was fitting, she said, as it showed the conditions on the day of the Bicentennial and because the Memorial Building is undergoing construction to cure a mold problem.

Richard Ewing, who designed the ornament, convinced LaRue to use a white background on the globe. The others are in festive colors.

“He said ‘trust us, it will be gorgeous,’ and it is,” LaRue said.

The ornaments cost $7 each. A limited quantity of past designs also is available. A set of six ornaments in a gift bag is available for $50.

The bag is green in color and made from recycled materials. It’s ready for gift-giving.

The series of ornaments were designed by committee in 2004, LaRue said. The members, LaRue, Ken Apschnikat, Doline Ard, Joanna Hinton, Heath Seymour and Robin Terry, selected the themes, artwork, color and quantity:

2004 – Rail fence at Knob Creek, artwork by Phyllis Blakeman

2005 – Sinking Spring, photo courtesy W.L. McCoy

2006 – Blab School, original artwork by Mary Brooks Howard Meador

2007 – Lincoln Statue, design by Ken Baldwin

2008 – The Boy Lincoln statue, photo courtesy Daub & Firmin Studios

2009 – Lincoln Memorial Building, photo courtesy National Park Service

The 2010 theme has not been selected.