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As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, we in the Land of Lincoln take special pride in our connection to the 16th President. While he was an extraordinary man, he came from ordinary circumstances.  A chronology of his life indicates that on March 14, 1849, Lincoln deposited $21 collected from a legal fee in Springfield and later 'shopped local'.

Exactly 160 years later, to the day, you can follow our 16th President's example by attending the Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show & Sale in St. Charles, Illinois where antiques from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries will be offered.   Each piece tells a story of humankind and has been prudently conserved and recycled . . . not just for a greener earth, but just as importantly, for the preservation of our cultures.

Continued is the tradition of presenting mini-lectures on antiques throughout the show at no extra charge.  Saturday at 2 p.m. Jan & Bob Campbell will speak on "Make-dos," followed at 3 p.m. by Dennis Raleigh on "Silhouettes and Portrait Miniatures of the 19th Century."  Lastly, at 4 p.m. Helen Siegel and Joan Stein will speak on "Antique Jewelry."  A special treat on Sunday, noted Lincoln collector, Ray McCaskey, member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum Foundation Board, will speak at noon on "Collecting Lincoln", sharing some items from his personal collection.   Another added value, Mad Anthony Books, offering reference books on a variety of antiques-related topics, will be joining the show for the first time.

Produced by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association, the show celebrates our heritage by collaborating with its sponsor, Garfield Farm Museum in LaFox, Illinois.  This museum is the only surviving, historically-intact Illinois farmstead being restored as a working 1840's living history farm and inn, a true asset for teaching American history.

Show hours are Saturday, March 14, 10 - 6, and Sunday, March 15, 10 - 4, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, Illinois (located on Randall Road between Routes 38 and 64)  For further information call (815) 838-0606.

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