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Kalamazoo Gazette

"In early December [of 2013], the Kalamazoo City Commission endorsed the privately funded [Lincoln statue] project. We too support the project, which we believe celebrates not only Lincoln’s historic visit but also the region’s role in the Underground Railroad and support of the anti-slavery movement  . . . The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project would be a fitting way to remember Lincoln’s only Michigan visit and the area’s role in fighting the spread of slavery."  (February 9, 2014) 

Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools

"I am supportive of both the statue and leadership center, and look forward to the opportunity to flesh out ways in which such a center might aid in the development of Kalamazoo Public Schools students." 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

". . . we value the work you are doing to leverage the most from Kalamazoo's unique history related to Abraham Lincoln . . . and [we] value the contribution you are making to the community we together seek to serve. We wish you success in completing the project."

Cornelia Stockbridge Sheldon Tent #58, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dept. of MI

"The Cornelia Stockbridge Sheldon Tent #58, Department of Michigan, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War are pleased to endorse the efforts of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Committee to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln's only visit to the state of Michigan, and more specifically his speech in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on August 27, 1856.  A statue of Lincoln placed in Bronson Park is a most fitting tribute to one of our country's greatest presidents and to the singular distinction that Kalamazoo enjoys as his host city to the state of Michigan. The members of our Tent encourage your committee's efforts and support your goal of bringing a Lincoln statue to Kalamazoo."

Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association

"We would like to offer our full endorsement to the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project. Not only do we support the creation of a statute dedicated to Abraham Lincoln to be placed in Bronson Park, we fully support the educational value and opportunity to be provided by the creation of this statute. Leadership Development of our local youth will always be of upmost importance, and The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project will help further that leadership development." 

Vicksburg (MI) Historical Society

"At its meeting held on February 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Vicksburg Historical Society voted unanimously to endorse the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project, and to further our support with a contribution . .  . We laud the efforts of your committee for undertaking this appropriate and long overdue recognition of 'young' Lincoln, later to become our 16th and arguably one of our greatest presidents, with his presence in Kalamazoo. What an event that must have been! Regrettably [video cameras] were not yet available and could not capture the excitement and the significance of Abraham Lincoln in Kalamazoo, but hopefully the project you are undertaking will, at least partially, help to fill that gap."

Gen. Benjamin Pritchard, Camp 20, Dept. of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 "[We] are pleased to endorse the efforts of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project Steering Committee to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's only visit to the state of Michigan, and more specifically his speech in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on August 27, 1856. A statue of Lincoln placed in Bronson Park is a most fitting tribute to one of our country's greatest presidents and to the singular distinction that Kalamazoo enjoys as his host city to the state of Michigan. The members of our camp encourage your committee's efforts and support your goal of bringing a Lincoln statue to Kalamazoo."

Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table

"At the March 17, 2017 meeting of the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table, a motion was made and unanimously approved to support the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project." 

Oshtemo Historical Society

"The Oshtemo Historical Society endorses the placement of a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park where Lincoln made his only public appearance in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project is spearheading the placement of the statue. The OHS is supportive of this effort in honoring America's 16th President and his visit to Kalamazoo, Michigan."  

Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation

"The Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation is in full support of efforts being made by the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project to build on Kalamazoo's Lincoln legacy. As a testament to our commitment of support, our board has given this new Kalamazoo non-profit organization two grant awards.


We believe the overall goals of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project will add to the cultural and education value of greater Kalamazoo. The addition of a well chosen piece of statuary art for Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo and educational programs encouraging young people to model values so well exhibited by Mr. Lincoln are both timely and worthwhile, and worthy of our support.


We encourage other area foundations to support the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project in their efforts to enrich the quality of life for all the people of greater Kalamazoo! "

—Christopher J. Shook, President

Vince Lavieri

“I am an Illinois native, and a Michigander and resident of Kalamazoo by choice. Lincoln was our greatest president and there is such wisdom to be learned from him. Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is one of the greatest speeches ever given. I totally support this project and as an American, I think we need to refresh ourselves in our Lincoln heritage.”   

Edison Business Association

"We are honored to endorse the efforts of the Kalamazoo Abraham  Lincoln Project to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln's only visit to the state of Michigan and more specifically his speech in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on August 27, 1856.


A statue of Lincoln placed in Bronson Park is a most fitting tribute to one of our country's greatest presidents and to the singular distinction that Kalamazoo enjoys as his host city to the state of Michigan.


The Board and Members of the Edison Business Association encourage your committee's efforts and support your goal of bringing a Lincoln statue to Kalamazoo. " —Patricia A. Townsend, President 

Rose Rook

"This is wonderful and so needed! Godspeed!" 

Tom Vance

 "Good luck with this great work!"