Lincoln Bicentennial Project

To commemorate the Illinois bicentennial, the Illinois Judges Association and Illinois Judges Foundation boards,  the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Bar Foundation boards and the Illinois State Historical Society approved a joint project to oversee and pay for the installation of a magnificent photograph of lawyer Abraham Lincoln in every one of the state’s 102 counties by the end of 2018.

The lifelike canvas photograph in a rich stained-wood frame is a clear and commanding portrait of Lincoln at 30” x 40”. Lincoln considered the photograph his favorite.

The Illinois State Historical Society owns the glass-plate positive image made from a long gone original negative. The beardless Lincoln sat for the Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, at the Old State Capital in Springfield.  Anyone who has seen the reproduction will agree with the ISHS that it “is perhaps the finest pre-presidential image of Lincoln ever taken.” 

The portraits are to be placed in public view for years to come, recalling   Lincoln the lawyer, the leader, and the man, as well as our participating organizations.

Upcoming Presentations:

Henderson County July 27, 2018 9:30 am

Knox County July 27, 2018 11:30 am

McDonough County July 27, 2018 2:00 pm

Wabash County August 9, 2018 1:00 pm

Franklin County August 24, 2018 1:00 pm

Washington County October 5, 2018 3:00 pm

The nine counties in the 1st circuit will be scheduled during the last week of August and 1st week of September. 

In The News

Lincoln in Edwardsville: Portrait on display in courthouse

Madison County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Famous Lincoln portrait on display at courthouse

Abraham Lincoln portraits from 1860 being given to all Illinois county courthouses

 Abe was no stranger to Putnam County

Greene County July 15, 2018

Jersey County July 11, 2018

Scott County July 9, 2018

Bond County June 30, 2018

Kankakee County June 27, 2018

Wayne County June 25, 2018

Jefferson County June 13, 2018

Madison County May 21, 2018


 St. Clair County May 15, 2018

Winnebago County May 4, 2018


Boone County May 4, 2018