Stamp commemorates historical farm’s 50th



LINCOLN CITY — The Lincoln Living Historical Farm turns 50 years old this year, and a Heritage Hills High School student gets to be part of the commemoration.

Heritage Hills junior Abby Kern designed a commemorative stamp to recognize the anniversary that visitors to the national park will use to stamp their Passport to Your National Parks book, which is a passport where travelers can collect stamps from each national park they visit.

“The National Parks Passport program is a pretty popular thing,” said Mike Capps, chief of interpretation and resource management at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where the Lincoln Living Historical Farm is located.

Abby heard about the opportunity to design the stamp from her art teacher, Kimberly Brown. Although Abby is an avid art student, she’d never done anything like this.

“I thought why not just give it a shot?” she said.

She designed several stamps for park rangers to choose from, and the final design features a big 50 with a log cabin in front of the zero and the park’s name.

“Abraham Lincoln lived in a log cabin, so I thought we could put that on there,” Abby said.

Kern's stamp design

She came up with the design after looking at past stamps the park has had for commemorations, including one from the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009 and one from the 50th anniversary of the site becoming a national park. Most of the designs she submitted followed the previous stamps closely, Abby said, but the rangers ended up choosing the most unique design.

Although the Lincoln Living Historical Farm does not retain any of the buildings from Lincoln’s life on the land, it is modeled after an 1820s farm and does sit on land where the Lincolns lived and farmed. The farm includes the Lincoln Cabin Site Memorial on the traditional site of one the Lincoln’s cabins.

From mid-April through September, visitors to the farm can see reenactors dressed in period clothing demonstrate the tools and life of the settlers of Lincoln’s childhood.

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