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Three park rangers and two men in wheelchairs on a trail. In the background, two parallel trails with a field of grass between the trails and trees on the left and right lead to a parking lot and large stone building.

Improving Physical and Programmatic Accessibility at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana, was established in 1962 by Public Law 87-407. The 200-acre national memorial in Spencer County in southwestern Indiana commemorates the pioneer farm of Abraham Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln lived here from age 7 to 21. It is also the burial site of Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is committed to providing all visitors the opportunity to connect with and learn about the park's unique natural, cultural, and recreational resources. Accessibility improvements identified in the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan will make it easier for individuals with cognitive, hearing, vision, and mobility disabilities to discover, understand, and enjoy the range of experiences available at the park.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial's Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) includes findings from the self-evaluation process, as well as a plan for improving accessibility parkwide. The Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan resulted from the work of a National Park Service (NPS) interdisciplinary team, including planning, design, and construction professionals; and interpretive, resource, visitor safety, maintenance, and accessibility specialists. Please see the SETP plan in the Document List section.

The goals of the plan are to document existing park barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities, provide an effective approach for upgrading facilities, services, and programs, and instill a culture around creating universal access.

Physical accessibility refers to improvements that can be made to paths of travel including outdoor recreation routes, hiking trails, and visitor information areas, such as kiosks, interpretive panels, and waysides. Programmatic accessibility refers to improvements that can be made to visitor services including the park film, museum exhibits, and tactile exhibits.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is seeking input from the public to inform the decision-making process for improvements to the park that will allow for better physical and programmatic accessibility. The public is encouraged to provide input regarding the project through PEPC and at the public open house event which is scheduled for July 21, 2022 from 5-7pm CST. The public comment period is open from June 30-August 31, 2022.

Contact Information

Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann
(812) 937-4541