One local museum had already passed it's average yearly attendance due to an updated location and presentation.
Back in April, the Lincoln Heritage Museum re-opened it's doors and presented a new multimedia presentation in a much larger location. According to Museum Director Ron Kelle, the Lincoln College museum exceeded it's usual annual attendance after three months, attracting visitors from all over the country.
The support of other museums in Illinois and the country has been evident from the beginning of the endeavor for Keller. He explains staff from the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield have been very welcoming and supportive of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum.
Keller is impressed by how many people are moved by their experience at the museum. He explains part of the presentation features Lincoln's death which usually has an impact on the visitors who walk through the presentation on Lincoln's life.
Keller notes Central Illinois is becoming a major tourism destination for visitors due to sites like the Lincoln Heritage Museum. He feels the local economy can also benefit from destinations like these.
The new location can be found at 1115 Nicholson Road, or on the north side of the Lincoln College Campus.
Regular hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturdays 1pm-4pm. For more information on the museum, visit www.lincolnheritagemuseum.org.