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Illinois Bicentennial Gifts/Souvenirs

Illinois Bicentennial Commission

Elaine Evans 0 79 Article rating: No rating
Looking for official Illinois Bicentennial gift/souvenir items to sell at your museum shop or historical society or for yourself? The Illinois Bicentennial website, www.Illinois200.com has all sorts of suggestions to help make your celebration special. Flags, banners, apparel, commemorative gifts, tote bags, lapel pins, holiday items, blankets, and can coolers are just a few of the commemorative souvenirs available for purchase. To find out more, follow this link: https://orders.corp-imaging.com/IllinoisBicentennial/#.

Society seeks donors to place iconic Lincoln portrait in state's county courthouses

Photo was taken in Springfield, June 3, 1860, after Lincoln won the Republican nomination for president

William Furry 0 0 Article rating: No rating
The Illinois State Historical Society is trying to place a large canvas photograph of Abraham Lincoln in every courthouse in Illinois. These 30" x 40" inch framed canvases (shown below) are the best photographic reproduction images of Lincoln as he looked in Illinois (without a beard) shortly after he received the national Republican Party nomination for president. The photo was taken by famed photographer Alexander Hesler in Springfield at the Old State Capitol on June 3, 1860, and was deemed by Lincoln to be his favorite likeness.

The framed canvas portraits are available ONLY from the Illinois State Historical Society, and it is our intention to place one in every Illinois courthouse in time for the bicentennial next December. Can you help us? The cost of a portrait of A. Lincoln is $500, plus tax (no tax is you're a member of the ISHS). For $25 we will deliver the canvas to the county courthouse of your choice.

Please allow two weeks for delivery, but order your Lincoln Hesler canvas today. Let's put Honest Abe in every Illinois courthouse for Illinois's 200th anniversary. For details or more information, call 217-525-2781 and ask for Gwen.
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