Springfield historic sites report uptick in visits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Officials
say attendance at historic sites in Illinois'
capital city is up and one of the factors could be the new "Lincoln" movie
directed by Steven Spielberg.
Visits to Springfield area historic sites were up more
than 3 percent in the first 11 months of 2012.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
spokesman Chris Wills believes the movie contributed to the uptick in
attendance at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The museum also offered reduced admission for
people who brought in ticket stubs from the film.
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site
also saw a spike in attendance
Other factors that could have affected attendance included
the re-opening of the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site, which was closed
for much of 2011 for renovations.