Abraham Lincoln is depicted as he looked the night he delivered a lecture in downtown Jacksonville in February 1859. The lecture was sponsored by the Phi Alpha Society, and the proceeds were to benefit its library in Beecher Hall on the Illinois College campus. The 1983 painting is by noted Lincoln author and artist Lloyd Ostendorf. The painting hangs in the Phi Alpha Main Meeting Room.
Illinois College's Beecher Hall constructed 1829-1830, is the first college building erected in Illinois. It was originally used as the college's chapel and lecture room, housed the library, and its upper floors were used as dormitory space and, later, on the third floor, as the location in the 1840's of the state's first medical school. In the 1880's, the building was named for Dr. Edward Beecher, the college's first president and a member of the large and influential Beecher family, which produced Harriet Beecher Stowe. Dr. Beecher's sister, who wrote uncle Tom's Cabin. This painting of Beecher Hall was commissioned by the U.S.Postal Service when it commemorated the early 1990's restoration of Beecher Hall by issuing a nineteen-cent postal card in 1993.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 736067 N 4401295|
|Decimal Degrees||39.72888333, -90.24550000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 43.733', W 90° 14.73'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 43' 43.98" N, 90° 14' 43.80" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 739-799 Park St, Jacksonville IL 62650, US|
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