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Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of...

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky...

Along the highways and byways of our State

Along the highways and byways of our State

Chicory and Queen Anne's Lace mirror the colors of the late summer sky along Prairie State highways.  (photo by William Furry)
Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins...

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Open for Bicentennial visitors

Located at the corner of West Main and Combs Streets, D. D. Collins built this home as a wedding present for his bride, Elizabeth Anderson.  He served as first President of the Village Board for...
A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River...

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of...

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

A visit to the Lower Illinois River Valley

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River still navigates the Father of Waters, giving pause to travelers along its Illinois banks.  (photo by Mark Flotow)

 

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11/20/1901

After shakedown and training in Chesapeake Bay, the first Navy ship commissioned as the "USS Illinois" sails for Algiers, La., where she was used to test a new floating dry dock. This battleship ship was laid down in 1897 and continued in service under t

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Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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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