IHPA: Lincoln’s 8th Circuit Legacy, Illinois Gunsmiths’ Work To Be Displayed In Metamora

History buffs may be interested in two events planned for the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site northeast of Peoria – one on antique firearms and another on Lincoln’s legal career.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced the events Monday.  An antique gun show is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gunsmith and author Curtis Johnson will show restored shotguns and rifles made by early Illinois gunsmiths. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to donate $10 to the Woodford County Historical Society’s Metamora Courthouse Fund.

On Monday, attorney Guy Fraker will visit from 6 to 8 p.m. to speak and sign copies of his book “Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency.” The book examines Lincoln’s work on the old Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit, which included the Metamora Courthouse.


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