The Sangamon County Historical Society has awarded grants for the following county historical projects.
Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation - $1,000 for a bronze plaque bearing the original inscription, “In memory of Abraham Lincoln. . .” The original tablet, upon which Abraham Lincoln’ remains were placed in the receiving tomb of the cemetery, has weathered over the years and is illegible. To preserve the history of the tablet, the new plaque will be placed in front of the slab on the bell tower.
Williamsville Public Library and Museum - $1,000 for a historical marker for the Price-Prather House. The home was built in 1868 by James Price, a well-known breeder of Hereford cattle. In 1877 it was sold to John and Mary Price, who later sold it to their son J.F. Prather, a significant contributor of the local economy and founder of the Williamsville Bank. The marker will describe the historical significance of the home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“An Historic Christmas” – $1,000 for a musical program that will tell the story of Christmas as it was celebrated in the 1800s. Past Christmas traditions and practices will be showcased at various historic sites including the Lincoln Home, Edwards Place, Old State Capitol, Elijah Iles House, Dana-Thomas House, Vachel Lindsay Home and the Executive Mansion. The SCHS grant will cover the fees for Mr. Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln, musicians, singers and performers.