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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County

  • 20 September 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 12/3/2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Export event

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Rock Island Justice Center on Monday, December 3. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Justice Center Annex, 1317 Third Avenue, Rock Island. 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:
Rock Island Justice Center Annex
1317 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL (Map)

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