Lincoln Legacy Festival

By Travis on September 26, 2009


The Lincoln Legacy Festival will be held on Sunday, October 11, from noon to 4 p.m. in Washington Park, Quincy, Ill. The Quincy Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring the event, which will be highlighted by the grand opening of the city’s new Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center at 128 N. Fifth Street, designed to share Quincy’s stories of Lincoln and Douglas’s friendships and influences in the Quincy area. The center is within only a few feet of the spot on Fifth Street where Lincoln and Douglas debated in Quincy on October 13, 1858, during the contest for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Eileen R. Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, will participate with citizens of the community in the opening. The center will be open to the public free of charge.

This event is also featuring a “Lil’ Abe and Mary Lincoln” Look-alike Contest open to students in 4th – 6th grades. Judging will include overall appearance, authenticity, and poise. The winners will receive a $50 Savings Bond.

The festival will also include a dedication ceremony during which the “Connect with Lincoln” time capsule will be buried. Participants of the Lil’ Abe and Mary Lincoln contest will participate in the ceremony. Filled with essays and pictures, artifacts and mementoes of Quincy’s two-year celebration of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate and the Bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, the time capsule will be exhumed in 2059.

Schedule of events include:
Noon     Children sign-in at Band Stand for Lil’ Abe and Mary Lincoln Contest

12:15     Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Special speaker:   Eileen R. Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

1:00        Presentation of Lil’ Abe and Mary Lincoln participants, grades 4-6, with winners announced

1:30        “Connect with Lincoln” Time Capsule Ceremony

Lil’ Abe and Mary Lincoln and the Lincoln Court in attendance

2:15        Chautauqua tent talks – Lincoln Friends

Steve Schneider, William A. Richardson

Rob Mellon, Orville Hickman Browning

Dave Costigan, Abraham Lincoln

Reg Ankrom, Stephen A. Douglas

3:30        Dedication of Looking for Lincoln Storyboards in Washington Park

4:00        Rededication of the DAR plaque south of Plaza

For more information, contact the Quincy Lincoln Bicentennial Commission at (217) 228-4515 or go online to


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