Friday, January 30, 2009
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Commemorative painting unveiled at Lincoln College

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[January 30, 2009]  Thursday evening at Lincoln College a commemorative painting was unveiled of a rally on Oct. 16, 1858, when Abraham Lincoln, then a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, stood on the steps of the Logan County Courthouse and addressed a large crowd.

In a painting based on vivid news accounts of the day, artist Jennifer Boeke has captured stories within the story by the details in this lively historical remembrance marked by groupings of people. The square was packed much like the recent presidential inauguration in Washington. There were even people watching from the trees.

The painting was commissioned with a grant attained through Main Street Lincoln and combines the efforts of the Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Looking for Lincoln.

The new "Lincoln in Lincoln" painting is part of commemorating our connection to Abraham Lincoln. Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Main Street Lincoln executive director, told last night's audience that the Illinois Lincoln Bicentennial project "consecrates what we have in the city of Lincoln and the county of Logan."

For more information on this painting and the donation of a rare Civil War muster roll, see: 'Lincoln in Lincoln' painting unveiling.

(See the list of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration grant projects.)


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