Galesburg plans for Lincoln-Douglas Debate anniversary

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 “Reunion Tour ’08” as well as locally organized activities….

….The Lincoln-Douglas “Reunion Tour ’08” will present Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas — as played by professional actors — 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 College’s Old Main — 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 — in period costume — 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 Knox’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.