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ParkLands at 50 years: Mission unchanged; Methods evolving

October 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Guy Fraker will share with us information on how the ParkLands Foundation is involved in land preservation in Illinois. ParkLands was founded in 1967, the consummation of Loring Merwin’s (the publisher of the Pantagraph) vision.  The original concept was for ParkLands to act as an intermediary, assembling adjacent tracts of land which would them be conveyed to an appropriate unit of government to preserve. Unfortunately this plan did not work out as intended. ParkLands now holds over 3,000 acres. This property is actively managed by ParkLands to restore it to its original condition. ParkLands  stands as  a shining example of local action and leadership , funded by generous donations, large and small. It helps preserves the Illinois landscape that was here first.

Guy Fraker is an Honorary Board of the ParkLands Foundation and an attorney. He is also the author of two book on Abraham Lincoln, is a frequent speaker on Lincoln, and is involved in a number of Lincoln related projects.

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October 9, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mennonite Church of Normal
Corner of Cottage and Hovey
Normal, IL 61761 United States


Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones
(309) 452-8700