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A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean...

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History...

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

A Johnny Appleseed Tree for McLean County

Jeff Woodard and Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History plant their apple tree in Bloomington.
Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the...

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the...

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Frank Zajicek family farm on the west side of the Old Troy Road

Members of the Zajicek family gather around the farmstead in the middle of a busy work day.
Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer...

Nelson Montgomery farm

Nelson Montgomery farm

Owners Nelson and Eleanor Kindred Montgomery were among pioneer Madison County families and were married there in 1838.  Their home was featured in a lithograph in the 1873 Madison County Atlas and is...

 

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1/17/1929

Popeye the Sailor Man is introduced in Chester resident Elzie Crisler Segar's comic strip, "Thimble Theatre," published by King Features. The strip's name would later be changed to simply "Popeye."

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Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

  • 16 March 2017
  • Author: William Furry
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March 27, 2017

Greetings from the Illinois State Historical Society:

The Illinois bicentennial commemoration has already begun in
the Prairie State, and it is the mission of the Illinois State Historical
Society to see that Alexander Hesler’s celebrated portrait of Abraham
Lincoln—the Prairie Lawyer and 1860 Presidential Nominee—hangs in every
courthouse in Illinois.

This portrait, photographed in Springfield on June 3, 1860,
is perhaps the finest pre-presidential image of Lincoln ever taken. The
original glass-plate positives are owned by the Illinois State Historical
Society and are now being offered as a special, 30” x 40” framed canvas prints
at $500 each (plus shipping and handling). The large, stunning canvas is suitable
to hang in the county courthouse—or in your living room.

Thanks to several generous donors, Hesler Lincoln portraits
now hang in the Cass, Pike, and Macon county courthouses, as well as in museums
in Springfield, Quincy, and Beardstown. Won’t you help us put this exquisite
portrait of Mr. Lincoln in your courthouse or historical society?

Call 217-525-2781 today and order your Lincoln portrait. Don’t
delay. The price for this special framed-canvas Lincoln portrait is only good
for 2017. We guarantee the price will go up in 2018, when we offer the prints
to the general public.

Your obedient servant,

William Furry
Executive Director