New Salem Celebrates Morgan Horse

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PETERSBURG – Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site will host a demonstration of the role of the modern horse and explanations of how the Morgan horse was developed.

The Morgan is known as “America’s first breed.” Presentations will describe the story of Justin Morgan, a music teacher who owned the breed’s foundation stallion. Morgan horses also played a historic role in the Civil War, the westward expansion, farm work and recreational activities of the early years of America.

This July 18 event will also showcase the modern use of the Morgan horse from trail riding to horse shows. Attendees will also be able to observe horse activities, free educational and promotional materials and an opportunity to interact with Morgan Horse Club members.

The Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club will be making presentations at 11 AM and 1:30 PM in the area south of Dr. John Allen’s home. The Museum Store and Gift Store will be open during the event.

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The site is located two miles south of Petersburg and twenty miles northwest of Springfield on Route 97. Its exact address is 15588 History Lane in Petersburg, Illinois.

Tours are free, but event officials encourage donations of $4 for adults, $2 for children or $10 per family.

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