The Bicentennial Art Center - Paris, IL

Brief Description:
The Art Center is located in one of Paris' oldest pioneer homes. It is an historical landmark in Paris as well as the current location for many fine art displays.
Location:
Paris, IL
Latitude / Longitude
N 39° 36.622
W 087° 41.767
EcoCache ID:
170450001
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5
Submitting Group:
IDEAS Class - Carolyn Wenz Elementary School
Website:
http://www.teacherweb.com/IL/CarolynWenz/MrsWright/
Date Submitted
11/03/2009
Significance
The Art Center was originally built by Colonel Milton K. Alexander, a close friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Many settlers from Paris served in the Black Hawk War with Lincoln.
Long Description

The Alexander house is located in Paris, Illinois. It was built in 1842 for the home of Milton Alexander. Local lore has it that Abraham Lincoln was in this building. Although there is no factual proof of him being there, we have a pretty good guess. Local lore also tells us that Stephen A. Douglas was in love with Milton’s daughter. She however wanted no part of him. Stephen Douglas was a very wealthy man at the time, and would be a good husband for any girl. Milton wanted his daughter to marry Stephen. One day when Stephen came to see Milton’s daughter she sneaked out the back window and ran away and married her boyfriend. Her father was not happy, but there was nothing he could do. That was the past though. Now it is the Edgar County Bicentennial Art Museum. So the next time you go there, take time to remember its past.


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