Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hail to the Chief President Lincoln Lives on - Online, That Is

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hail to the Chief President Lincoln Lives on - Online, That Is

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More than 130 years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the 16th president continues to be a subject of fascination to his compatriots and people across the world.

Anyone who doubts that need only look to the latest and hottest medium of mass communication - the Internet - where Lincoln maintains a lively presence in the form of a World Wide Web site called Abraham Lincoln Online.

Since going on line in late November, ALO has attracted an international audience, according to Rhoda Sneller, a woman from West Des Moines, Iowa, who created the site with her husband, Lowell, a systems analyst.

"I've been real surprised at the reaction to the site," Sneller said. "We've had e-mail from all over - from South Africa, Hong Kong, Europe, and all over America."

As of a few days ago, ALO - at Internet address - had been visited by nearly 3,800 net surfers in the month of May alone.

Like all Web sites, ALO is a sort of electronic bulletin board posted with a variety of images and information its creators find interesting. By selecting items with a computer cursor and clicking a mouse button, viewers can get more information on individual topics, or be switched to other Web pages on related topics.

Among the topics available on ALO is a listing of events relating to Abraham Lincoln, ranging from the major Lincoln exhibit "The Last Best Hope of Earth," currently showing in Chicago, to the recent death of Lincoln scholar Jim Hickey of Elkhart.

Also listed are the names and addresses of associations, libraries, museums, bookstores and other entities that have an interest in Lincoln. Some of the listings also allow the viewer to switch to the Web site of the group or organization listed.

For example, viewers can link to the Web site of the Lincoln Legals research project, the Springfield-based effort to chronicle the details of Lincoln's legal career. …

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