For the Love of Lincoln: An exciting announcement!

“Wouldn’t it be cool if….?”

How many great ideas start out that way? An idea that may seem a bit outlandish at first but then the more you talk about it, you start believing that it really isn’t so ridiculous and you vow to make it happen? This is exactly how my latest project came about. It was an idea born of mutual passion for travel, writing, history, booze, and one prominent historical figure…

My friend, Liz Garibay, and I have known each other since high school (read: a very long time). We went our separate ways for college and post-college life, and reconnected in recent years thanks to the almighty Facebook. We learned that, over the years, we developed similar interests and passions. I was always a writer, but I had started blogging and Liz had done the same. We discovered our mutual affinity for craft beer. Liz had become a real, card-carrying historian, while I developed into a self-proclaimed history geek.

Liz and I began talking about how we could merge our common interests and form a collaboration. After a couple of years of discussion, we had our “wouldn’t it be cool if” idea. Admittedly, I was a bit doubtful at first. But the more we talked about it, the more excited we became and I realized that this really could happen! We put the wheels in motion and, soon after, our “wouldn’t it be cool if” idea was becoming “it’s going to be so cool when”.

For the Love of LincolnSo, what’s the big idea? Well, it involves travel, history, Abraham Lincoln, and booze. Yes, booze. Liz and I designed a road trip to celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. From his birthplace to final resting place and everything in between, we will be exploring Lincoln’s past and making important connections to present-day alcohol makers and drinkers. We’ll be visiting four breweries and two bourbon makers to draw the connections to Lincoln’s history. By sharing tales of Abe’s past and area history, and connecting it to the story of local beer and drink, we hope to make our nation’s greatest president even more accessible (and interesting) to younger generations. Essentially, we’ll be Drinkin’ With Lincoln.

If you’ve read some of my latest blog entries or seen recent social media posts, you know that my 5-year-old daughter is obsessed with Mr. Lincoln. She is the main reason I’m involved in this project; she has inspired me to creatively pursue my interests and passions. Liz, on the other hand, is all about that Abe and always has been. I stand to only learn from her, as her knowledge is unending.

Here’s a look at our itinerary:

Start. February 12th (Abe’s birthday!): Depart Chicago.

Stop 1. Kentucky. Abe’s birthplace.

Stop 2. Indiana: Abe’s boyhood home.

Stop 3. Illinois: The beginning of Abe’s journey to the White House and also his final resting place.

End. February 17th: Chicago, our hometown and a city that played an important role in Abe’s political career.

I purposely provided few details of our itinerary so you will have to follow the journey in real time via social media to find out exactly where we’re going and what we’re doing. Follow on Twitter (@LoveofLincoln) and Instagram (@fortheloveoflincoln), hashtag #DrinkinLincoln, as well as our individual Facebook pages (mine, The Working Mom’s Travels; and Liz’s, History On Tap). Last but not least, check our new website, FOR THE LOVE OF LINCOLN, dedicated solely to this journey!

This project could not and would not be possible without the support of our partners. I encourage you to follow them on their respective social media channels and patronize their businesses (where applicable).

For the Love of Lincoln

Liz and I are SO excited about this adventure and we hope you are, too! Please follow along as we go Drinkin’ With Lincoln!

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

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14 Responses to For the Love of Lincoln: An exciting announcement!

  1. Susan February 4, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Sounds like so much fun. The USA rocks….it really does have everything and more. Have fun!
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  2. Sarah Ebner February 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    This sounds like such fun – I love that your daughter loves Lincoln too. Look forward to reading about it all. I am a history buff too, so will enjoy and hope you have a great time too…..

  3. Pola (Jetting Around) February 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Way cool, ladies!! History, travel, and craft beer? What’s not to love. Have a great journey – I’ll be following along online.
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  4. Tim February 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Very cool and great that this idea started with a phrase and will go on to become a trip that will hopefully be one full of fun and great memories.
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  5. Richa Gupta February 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Have fun on your trip! Hopefully it will turn out just as planned! 😀

  6. Els February 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    What a great and original idea! Great ideas usually starts around some glasses of alcohol, don’t they? 🙂 And nice to be able to do it with a long lost friend. Aaah, the joys of Facebook! 🙂
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  7. Jenny | A Thing For Wor(l)ds February 4, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Once again, solidifying yourself as the coolest working traveling mom ever.
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  8. Raul ( @ilivetotravel ) February 5, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Love the idea!
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  9. Leah February 6, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    I am in love with this project and can’t wait to follow along. Have a blast!
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  10. Muriel February 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh this is such a cool way to learn about history! You’re such a cool mom. Can’t wait to follow along.
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  11. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous) February 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Just Awesome , will this be annual trip? #stayMakingATradition, Craig
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    • Francesca March 1, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      That’s one of our goals, Craig, to make this an ongoing thing. It’s looking good so far!

  12. Lance | Trips By Lance February 12, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    Wishing you much success on this journey of education, bonding, fun, drinking and exploration. I hope your friendship grows as does your knowledge of Abe and the areas he called home. Looking forward to it!
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    • Francesca March 1, 2015 at 8:12 am #

      Such kind words, Lance – thank you! We accomplished all that you mention, and the best part is, the adventure isn’t over yet. Lots more coming from #DrinkinLincoln!

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