Knox, Galesburg, attract tourists interested in history

From: Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL)

[Knox College and the city of Galesburg], which is named for the college’s founder, George Washington Gale, are celebrating their 175th anniversaries this year. It’s an ideal time to visit this western Illinois community of 32,000 and witness its unique fusion of past and present…

Students still attend classes in Old Main, a building revered as the place where, in 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of his rousing anti-slavery speeches during a debate with Stephen Douglas… A bell still rings each morning to signal the start of the school day. It’s perched in a tower atop Old Main, outside of which signs share the story of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is made of that old bartered brick… Read more…