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Saturday, July 17
Starts at 9:00 AM
Stop by the Museum’s table on Jefferson Street from 9am until 11am during the Farmer’s Market to learn about Lincoln, his travels as a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, and make a lightening bug!
Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer in 1837. Two years later he began traveling the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, trying cases in as many as 15 counties when the Circuit was at its the largest.
Mr. Lincoln would have seen is fair share of fireflies while traveling the prairie when the weather is warm.
Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the Circuit judge (which from 1848 until 1862 was Lincoln’s friend and fellow lawyer David Davis) and a team of lawyers would travel from one county seat to another providing a slightly unprofessional, but generally fair system of justice. Lincoln was involved in a variety of cases during his time on the Circuit, including divorces, land disputes, theft, medical malpractice, and even murder.
Once you have made your own lightening bug, follow our Eighth Circuit Story Walk around the Museum Square to learn about the challenges and obstacles Lincoln and his fellow lawyers would have had to face as they traveled the circuit from one court case to another.