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Msg: 963064
TeachJR Subject: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
Author: TeachJRProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 27, 2018 7:54 PM
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I have just listed a virtual event to celebrate Illinois Bicentennial and it is called:

Party Like It's 199 + 1

Please sign up.. let's build the number of boxes planted everywhere! Everyone can participate. Try to think of a cool Illinois thing - parks, people, vacation spots, rivers, vacations, teams, colleges, etc. Plant anytime in 2018 and call your box "Illinois Bicentennial: <your box name>" If you email me the name of your box and the location I will include it as an update on the event listing.
Msg: 963122
Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration - Chicago Question
Author: MaudeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 29, 2018 5:52 AM
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Reply to: Msg 963064 by TeachJR
I'm signed up to plant, and have a subject for the box, but need some guidance from Chicago boxers about Graceland Cemetery. Does it have boxes? There are a number of famous people buried there, so to me, it makes a good location. However, I don't find any listings, though it possible there are restrictions that prevent me from seeing them.
Any advice?
Thanks!
Msg: 963166
Gypsy Fiddler Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration - Chicago Question
Author: Gypsy FiddlerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 30, 2018 7:55 AM
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Reply to: Msg 963122 by Maude
I had one there called "Kimball's Keys", after the Kimball piano guy- it went missing. I am not aware of any others in that Cemetery, but it is extremely highly policed. There is security presence everywhere; patrols and cameras- so it will be very hard to plant there. I've been there many times, because my great-great-grandfather is buried there, and the security presence is always the same every time I've gone. I admit that when I did plant that box, I was very young and naive in my letterboxing experiences!
Msg: 963173
Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration - Chicago Question
Author: ChocolateBunniesAndPeepsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 30, 2018 11:33 AM
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Reply to: Msg 963122 by Maude
Both Graceland Cemetery & Rosehill Cemetery carry more than a bit of political clout in Chicago. Many celebrities visit there & want privacy. So those two places don't appreciate photographers, videographers, boxers, cachers, etc. Permission practically seems to be needed to breathe in those two cemeteries. :)

My maternal grandmother's family have many members buried at Rosehill (my grandparents, great grandparents, etc) & I grew up across the street from Graceland, and, according to my aunts & uncles, I learned to walk by balancing myself hanging on to tombstones at Graceland.

There currently ARE active boxes in both cemeteries. But, to my knowledge, no box has been able to exist if the clues were put online. The boxes that I know about are very strictly old-school WOM boxes.

Graceland has 3 that I know about, Rosehill currently has 2 that I know about. But the last box I found there was in 2016 (Rosehill), so whether any of the 5 still exist now, in 2018, I have no idea.
Msg: 963188
Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration - Chicago Question
Author: MaudeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 30, 2018 5:38 PM
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Reply to: Msg 963173 by ChocolateBunniesAndPeeps
Thank you both for the information. Their loss, but I believe I will look elsewhere - the subject of my box covered a lot of territory!
Msg: 968447
TeachJR Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
Author: TeachJRProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 16, 2018 7:41 PM
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Reply to: Msg 963064 by TeachJR
Happy Illinois Bicentennial! And look at all those boxes!

As of today there have been 139 boxes planted for the Illinois Bicentennial Event: Party Like It's 199 + 1 - Help us Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial! Event no. 4046

The goal is to reach 200 letterboxes planted - one for each year that Illinois has been a state. They can be planted in any state to honor the bicentennial. If you have a reason to celebrate something about Illinois (a college, a vacation, a letterboxing event, your grandmother, etc., please join the event and plant a box. These boxes have been planted in 13 states and are listed as:

Illinois Bicentennial: <your box name>

Thank you!
Msg: 969190
TeachJR Subject: Re: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
Author: TeachJRProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Dec 8, 2018 10:25 AM
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Reply to: Msg 963064 by TeachJR
It is almost the end of 2018 - the Illinois Bicentennial year. Please do continue to plant letterboxes for the Illinois Bicentennial. We were challenged to plant 200 boxes and to date we have 196 boxes planted (and more to come) since August of 2018. I thank everyone who signed up for the virtual event and I thank everyone who has planted 1, 2, 3, etc. boxes for this event. Everybody wins in a virtual event - the planters, the finders, individuals, everyone! We reached 22 states so people can find these connections to the Illinois Bicentennial all over the country.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate by planting boxes. To those of you who signed up and still are awaiting a day to plant, please do so and let me know. I will add them to the list whenever they get planted.

TeachJR
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