Event date: 10/17/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Export event Elaine Evans / Saturday, August 11, 2018 / Categories: Events, Bicentennial Event, ISHS Event Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Peoria County A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Peoria County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 17. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the courthouse, 324 Main Street, Peoria. 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: Peoria County Courthouse 324 Main Street Peoria, IL 61602 (Map) Print 217 Rate this article: No rating Tags: Bicentennial Event Abraham Lincoln Alexander Hesler Please login or register to post comments.