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New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future

New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future
Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local...

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore

 

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Illinois becomes a territory of the second grade, with suffrage for all white males over 21 who are taxpayers and have lived in the territory for 1 year.

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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County

  • 20 September 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 12/3/2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Export event

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Rock Island Justice Center on Monday, December 3. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Justice Center Annex, 1317 Third Avenue, Rock Island. The event is open to the public.
 
The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.
 
The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.
 
The four organizations are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), which owns the glass-plate positives of the Hesler-Lincoln portrait. The ISHS is leading a statewide campaign to place a framed copy in a courthouse in each of Illinois’ 102 counties in commemoration of the state’s bicentennial this year.

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Rock Island Justice Center Annex
1317 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL (Map)

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