Log Home Council Celebrates New Lincoln Log Cabin Penny
In appreciation of the release of a new Lincoln penny by the United States Mint featuring Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin on the flip side, the Log Homes Council is donating 100,000 of the coins — or $1,000 — to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), the group that was heavily involved in the creation of the new currency.
The ALBC is celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial across the country this year, with events already planned in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana.
To commemorate the role of the log home in Lincoln’s life and American history, the Log Homes Council is hosting a Lincoln birthday party next to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington., D.C. on Feb. 12 — with birthday cakes donated by local bakeries and a program recognizing the council’s donation to the ALBC.
The $1,000 donation is the annual LHC Heritage Grant, which is given by the LHC president to an organization that is uniquely tied to preserving the heritage of log homes in the United States. The donation stems from 2008 president Rob Cantrell’s oversight of the LHC.
Many prominent government officials have been invited to ALBC’s day-long celebration on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, including President Barak Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of Congress.
Being released this month, the first coin in the Lincoln commemorative series marks the President’s birth and early childhood in Kentucky with an image of the modest one room log cabin where he was raised.
“The creation of the new Lincoln penny is an exciting event for the log home industry,” said Rob Cantrell, co-LHC president and president of StoneMill Log Homes in Knoxville, Tenn. “Log Home Council manufacturers take pride in the unique connection they have to the history of home building in the United States. Acknowledging Lincoln’s log cabin on a U.S. coin makes us proud to be carrying on this age-old building practice.”
Log home building has become much more intricate and efficient since Lincoln’s time, Cantrell added. “It is amazing to step back and see how far the log home industry has come in the past several decades, let alone past centuries,” he said. “With techniques like log grading and specialized fastening systems, today’s log homes are able to offer consumers structurally sound, energy-efficient homes that still manage to capture the rustic charm that log homes have had for generations.”
For more information, e-mail Tony Gacek at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8357.