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Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Major's Hall

 

—Cluster of 6 Plaques —

 
Major's Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
1. Major's Hall Marker
5 Historic plaques and a dedication plaque. A parking garage now occupies the site of Major's Hall.
Inscription.
(Plaque 1)
Major's Hall
Erected 1852 by
William Trabue Major
Razed 1959

(Plaque 2)
Illinois Republican Party
born in Major's Hall
I have supposed myself since the organization of the Republican Party at Bloomington, in May 1856, bound as a party man by the platforms of the party then and since.
Statement by Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Freeport Auguste 27, 1858.

(Plaque 3)
I. S. N. U.
Major's Hall both in spirit and in fact nurtured Illinois State Normal University founded in the times, and with the same high purpose as Lincoln's concern for people. the University held its first classes in Major's Hall. Here from October 5, 1857 to June 1860, the University spent its first three years. The imprint of Major's Hall remains strong upon the school.

(Plaque 4)
"We say to our southern brethren, 'We won't go out of the union and you shant.'" Generally accepted as the concluding statement of Abraham Lincoln's "Lost Speech" made here on May 29, 1856.

(Plaque 5)
This tablet marks the site where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "Lost Speech" May 29, 1856
Placed by Lettia Green Stevenson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, May 29 1918.
 
Erected by McLean County Historical Society in memory of Wayne C. Townley.
 
Location.

Major's Hall Plaque 1 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
2. Major's Hall Plaque 1
40° 28.72′ N, 88° 59.563′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is at the intersection of S. East Street and Front Street on S. East Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lost Speech (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Lost Speech (here, next to this marker); Asahel Gridley's Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller-Davis Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller-Davis Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rounds Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Hotel (about 400 feet away); Lincoln The Lawyer (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bloomington.
 
Categories. Notable EventsPolitics
 
Illinois Republican Party Plaque 2 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
3. Illinois Republican Party Plaque 2
I.S.N.U. Plaque 3 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
4. I.S.N.U. Plaque 3
We say to our southern brethren Plaque 4 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
5. We say to our southern brethren Plaque 4
The Site where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Lost Speech Plaque 5 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
6. The Site where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Lost Speech Plaque 5
Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 10, 2012
7. Dedication Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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