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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Peoria County

Event date: 10/17/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Export event
Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Peoria County
Elaine Evans

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)
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