No final decision has been made yet regarding the specific details of the Lincoln statue design except that its appearance will reflect a clean-shaven likeness of Lincoln as he appeared when he arrived in Kalamazoo in 1856. The medium will be bronze.
The Kalamazoo City Commission has approved a site location in the north central part of the park (download and view schematic at bottom of Home Page).
The target date for completing the statue project is late 2020.
The statue will be paid for by private donations.
One of the stipulations placed on the initial approval by the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was that an endowment fund be established for the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the statue.
Once the Lincoln statue component is completed, our Lincoln-legacy plans envision a biennial Kalamazoo Lincoln Symposium with visiting scholars and speakers, and art and essay contests for local youth. We want to work with area educators to create resources for educational instruction, and promote leadership development using Lincoln's example of statesmanship.
Additional plans include collaborating with Michigan’s 37 other Lincoln-related sites such as the Henry Ford in Dearborn, and with Travel Michigan to advance Michigan’s Lincoln Remembrance Trail to a state-of-the-art mobile tour using the latest technology as portals for access—building on work begun by the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee.
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