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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jersey County

Event date: 7/11/2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Export event
Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jersey County
Elaine Evans
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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jersey County

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Jersey County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 11. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the courthouse, 201 West Pearl Street, Jerseyville. 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.

Location:
Jersey County Courthouse
201 West Pearl Street
Jerseyville, Illinois (Map)
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