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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

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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 if 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.

Put Abraham Lincoln back in your courthouse!

Society offers exquisite Prairie Lawyer photograph to Illinois county courthouses

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Every Illinois courthouse needs a superior photograph of Abraham Lincoln, not as the 16h President, but as he looked when an  Illinois lawyer. This handsome canvas portrait,  made from the original glass-plate positive images owned by the Illinois State Historical Society, will turn heads and hearts.

Illinois History Symposium to focus on commemoration of WWI and Suffrage in Illinois

"1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage," April 20-22 at Lincoln Land Community College, Trutter Center

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The 2017 Illinois History Symposium, “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage,” co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), will be held at LLCC April 20-22, 2017, in the Trutter Center. More than 25 papers, panels, and presentations will be made during the 2-day event, which will include such topics as the music, art, and literature of the war years, as well as the influenza epidemic, researching your WWI ancestor, and Illinois women on the homefront.

The 2017 Illinois History Symposium is open to the public and registration is required. Click "Read More" for schedule and registration.

2016 Annual Tour Recap - From Immigrant to Elite

Photo Gallery

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2016 Illinois State Historical Society annual tour, "From Immigrant to Elite," a moveable feast of sites and sounds and edible wonders in Chicago. We did it all in one day! Take a look at the photo gallery within to see all the excitement that happened and the places we visited.

Just think, less than a year till the next one!

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