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The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse and served as a seat of government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839-1876 and featured prominently in the lives of President Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse. The building served as a seat of government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839-1876 and featured prominently in the lives of President Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

Lincoln delivered his “House Divided” speech in Representative Hall, and use the governor’s rooms as a headquarters during the 1860 presidential campaign. The building was the scene of the assassinated President’s final laying-in-state on May 3-4, 1865.

Parking information: A paid parking garage is located underneath the Old State Capitol Plaza; entrance is on Sixth Street between Adams and Washington.

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Aug 11 to Aug 12, 2018


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