Help Transcribe Lincoln Documents

Here is another interesting project to work on if you wish. I think I’ll give it a try. I just worked on one letter written to the President.

Please look into this and help out if you can.

OT: Quick Survey about Campbell County Ky History

I know this is not close to on-topic, but if anyone in or near northern Kentucky or interested in the area could take this brief survey, it would help the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society,  a Group for which I volunteer and which I really enjoy. It does a lot of good and this survey will help with ideas for the future as we try to garner more public awareness.

Gettysburg Address

This is a post I’ve made a few times over the years. I know it is not the most original or in-depth commentary, but it is something I just feel the need to post almost every year. These words are still as brilliant as ever and the writing style, such as the repetition of “we cannot” at the start of the final paragraph, remains as impressive as the actual words. I still enjoy reading it and hope you will too.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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November 6, 1860

As  we Americans have another chance to  vote for many leadership positions, though not the Presidency, let's remember a pretty big day in American history, 158 years ago. Some say the election of Lincoln was what caused the war, though I prefer to look at the reasons why his election would lead South Carolina and others to draft and announce ordinances of secession. That, however, is a topic for another discussion and time.


Battlefield Benefits in Kentucky

I shared this on the blog’s Facebook page, but thought i should copy and paste it here. This is good information

Kentucky Civil War Sites Association 
Contact: Joni House


PERRYVILLE – Kentucky has long been a battlefield, seeing action during the Revolutionary and Civil wars all across the Commonwealth. From state parks, historic sites to non-profit groups, people have worked to preserve the state’s war sites. Visitors to these sites have a profound impact on the state and local economies, generating more than $10.1 million annually.  

The Kentucky Civil War Sites Association conducted a 2017 survey on the economic and cultural impact of Kentucky’s Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields and related historic sites. The study was based on results from the 2017 Visitor Survey commissioned by the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association and funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service. 

Statistics from the survey show visitors came from Kentucky, plus 43 other states and five countries during the survey period, from April to October 2017. More than half came from outside Kentucky, travelling more than 200 miles to experience of Kentucky’s Civil War or Revolutionary War historic sites. Of Kentuckians surveyed, 65 percent strongly support the use of tax dollars being spent to preserve Kentucky’s battlefields and related historic sites in the state. 

“Historic sites need a dedicated funding stream to remain viable and support tourism activities in the Commonwealth,” said Civil War Sites Association President Joni House. “This study certainly illustrates the economic importance battlefields and related historic sites bring to local communities and Kentucky.” 

Out-of-state tourist spending boosts Kentucky’s GDP by $7.1 million, generating over $1 million in state and local tax revenue. For more than half of all visitors, visiting the specific historic site was one of the main reasons for coming, including 3 out of 10 who said it was the primary reason they came to the area. Visitors were relatively affluent, with 42 percent having an annual income of $75,000 or more, including 22 percent with an income in excess of $100,000. Overall, site visitors were well-educated, with the majority having at least a four-year college degree, with more than 20% having studied beyond college. 

Kentucky residents who visit battlefields and related historic sites who stay overnight in paid lodging have an economic impact of  supporting 42 jobs with labor income totaling $1.1 million and value added of $1.8 million.

Civil War and Revolutionary War sites in the Commonwealth were nearly universally enjoyed by visitors, 98 percent had a positive experience at the site they visited, and over nine out of 10 would likely recommend a visit to the site to friends and family. “Being here makes understanding it much easier than reading from a book,” one visitor wrote.

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