Lewis University student Candace Coop of Minooka is currently offering tours of the Lincoln Landing in Lockport. The free tours are available from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday through mid-September.
Lincoln Landing is a joint project of the Will County Historical Society and The Give Something Back Foundation. The interactive park shares history on the old Illinois & Michigan Canal, Abraham Lincoln as a young Illinois legislator, and Lockport. It opened in February in celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial birthday. At that time, the Federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission designated Lockport’s Lincoln Landing as one of its officially endorsed historic sites.
“I love being out in the field sharing public history with people. I can tell they start to gain a sincere appreciation about the canal by asking questions about how it was the center of business,” said Coop, a senior history student and resident of Minooka. She was among the Lewis University students that worked with Dr. Dennis H. Cremin on developing the medallion exhibits and curriculum units.
Cremin said, “Candice really wants to pursue an advanced degree in Public History. This kind of experience is unparalleled. She is able to apply what she has learned in the classroom by giving these tours. This kind of paid internship can be a real life changing experience.”Often, diners at the Public Landing Restaurant will take the 30-40 minute tour after enjoying a meal. Barbara Baird of Galena recently toured the park with friends. Coop led them around the park located on the corner of Canal Street and Ninth Street. Baird lived in Lockport for many decades and appreciated the guided tour of the city’s new historical site. The Federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission designated Lockport’s Lincoln Landing as one of its officially endorsed historic sites. “The Lincoln Landing is a wonderful addition to the city,” she said.
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