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October 2017

October 24th, 2017 / 7:00 PM

Images of the Eighth Judicial Circuit with Guy Fraker


Images of the Eighth Judicial Circuit with Guy Fraker

The Museum is excited to welcome back local author, lawyer, and Lincoln scholar Guy C. Fraker to present on his newly published work, Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit—the first ever guidebook to the circuit—on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the second floor Governor Fifer Courtroom. Fraker’s book seeks to guide readers through the former Central Illinois prairies and towns in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law for twenty-three years prior to his presidency.

Included in this recent addition to the Looking for Lincoln series are detailed travel directions, five route maps, and more than one hundred images of the local people that Lincoln encountered along the way. Published by Southern University Press, the book has been described as, “Showcasing courthouse markers, county line markers, Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits, and numerous other points of interest, this unique guidebook invites travelers to visit the towns where Lincoln practiced law, view the terrain that is much the same now as when Lincoln passed, and perhaps experience a sense of Lincoln’s presence in those quiet, out-of-the-way places.”

Fraker, a retired attorney from Bloomington, Illinois, is also the author of Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: the Eighth Judicial Circuit. His articles have been published in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Illinois Heritage, the Pantagraph, and the Champaign News Gazette. He was a consultant for the WILL-TV documentary Lincoln, Prelude to the Presidency, and is co-curator of Prologue to the Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, an exhibit on permanent display at the David Davis Mansion.

Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit will be available for purchase in the Visitors Center. A book signing by author will directly follow the program.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets, or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.