Lincoln-Douglas Debate remembered in style

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

The crowd that gathered Saturday to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox College differed from the 1858 crowd in several noticeable ways.

The contemporary audience — numbering in the hundreds — rode in on bicycles or automobiles instead of by buggy or rail like the thousands who came from Galesburg and the surrounding communities 150 years ago.

They wore jeans and chatted on cell phones, sat in lawn chairs and snapped photographs — and had the benefit of hearing a simplified, and amplified, version of the historic words spoken on Oct. 7, 1858.

Those who attended the event Saturday also had the benefit of a sunny, clear-skied fall afternoon, a far cry from the cold, windy day of the debate.