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Join organizers of the Western Illinois Museum for “Our Front Porch” to learn about

Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Macomb on August 25-26, 1858, for what proved to be an important moment in his political career.


As a guest at the elegant Randolph Hotel on the square, he and his advisors prepared to debate his rival Stephen Douglas. The program will re-enact the scene to imagine how Lincoln used his visit to craft the “Freeport Question” about slavery that catapulted him into national attention and, in 1860, helped clear his path to the presidency.