Event date: 7/6/2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event Friday, May 25, 2018 / Categories: Events, ISHS Event Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Hancock County A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Hancock County Courthouse on Friday, July 6. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the courthouse, 500 Main Street, Carthage. 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: Hancock County Courthouse 500 Main Street Carthage Illinois (Map) Print Tags: Abraham Lincoln Alexander Hesler Hancock County Related articles Illinois Heritage, March–April 2023 Illinois Heritage, January–February 2023 Illinois Heritage, November–December 2022 Illinois Heritage, July–August 2022 Illinois Heritage, May–June 2022 Please login or register to post comments.