From the Register-Mail:
One hundred fifty years after the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Galesburg, a variety of events are planned for this coming weekend to commemorate the historical event, including both the statewide â€œReunion Tour â€™08â€ as well as locally organized activities….
….The Lincoln-Douglas â€œReunion Tour â€™08â€ will present Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas â€” as played by professional actors â€” discussing their experience and arguments from the 1858 campaign. The Reunion Tour will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, on the east side of Knox Collegeâ€™s Old Main â€” the only original building that remains from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
- The performance presents the controversial issues from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, updated for a 21st-century audience. The actors â€” in period costume â€” will react to each other and respond to questions from the audience as if they were holding a modern news conference or town meeting. The Reunion Tour is performing in each of the seven original debate sites, and is free and open to the public.
- Old Main and the Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College also will be open for tours from 1-4 on Saturday and Knoxâ€™s history students will adopt the personas of individuals who actually attended the debates. As part of a history class during the winter term of 2008, the students studied first-person accounts of real people who attended the debates.