Volunteers spruce up Lincoln Birthplace

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By Rebecca Roscoe

A group of dedicated volunteers helped clean and spruce up the grounds of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park on April 27.


About 20 people braved the gray skies and threatening rain to clean out the boxwood beds by the Memorial Building steps, and remove sticks, leaves and old mulch from around trees. They finished all of the work just as rain began to fall.

“An event such as this shows what can be done by dedicated volunteers,” said Park Superintendent Bill Justice. “The work that was done on Saturday helped spruce up the park for the visitors as we head into our busy season. We are thankful for all of the help these volunteers provided.”

“It looks fantastic,” said Stacy Humphreys, chief of interpretation and resource management. The volunteers did such a great job and we really needed the help to get things started. We could not do it if it were not for our volunteers.”

The event was held in conjunction “National Volunteer Day” and “National Park Week.” Thousands of volunteers worked on projects that day to improve national park areas throughout the United States.

Each volunteer who participated was given a stainless steel water bottle with the Volunteers-In-Parks logo on it.

“These bottles are a symbol of the hard work these volunteers have put into improving their park. They are also a sustainable solution. By using it, the volunteers will keep hundreds of disposable water bottles out of landfills,” said Justice.

Another park clean-up day is tentatively scheduled for this fall.

A new picnic pavilion is being constructed at the Park.
The old pavilion was taken down due to its unstable structure. The new metal pavilion will be completed within the next couple of weeks, and will once again provide a place for visitors to relax and enjoy lunch or group functions outdoors.

People’s Garden
The land for the “People’s Garden,” located next to the pavilion, has been tilled and will soon be ready for community members to participate in planting for the season. Watch upcoming issues of The LaRue County Herald News for more information.

ALBNHP now has a Facebook page. The park posts events, programs and other features.
On “Museum Mondays” the park posts a picture of an artifact out of the museum with a story about the piece. On “Way Back Wednesdays” the park posts an old picture with a story and photo credit.

Volunteers needed
The park is trying to re-vamp its volunteer program, referred to as the V.I.P. program – volunteers in parks. There was an informational meeting held in March and several in-class trainings.

If you would like to become involved as a park volunteer, or would like more information about the projects mentioned, call 270-358-3137 or visit www.nps.gov/abli.