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On September 12-14, 2008, Jonesboro, Illinois hosted the 1858-2008 Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Historical impersonators of Lincoln and Douglas (George Buss as Lincoln; Tim Connors as Douglas; and Ed Finch as Silas Terry, the moderator) were in the Jonesboro Square and at Lincoln Memorial Park, the debate site, Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14. The event, set up by the local chapter of the Lincoln-Douglas Sesquicentennial Debate Committee, honored the 150th anniversary of the debate.
Instead of a reenactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, the anniversary was presented as a 21st-century-style press conference in which the Lincoln and Douglas characters reminisced and fielded questions from the media and audience members.
Members of the community, such as Carl Rendleman, owner of Timber Ridge Inn, met with InFocus at the Inn to discuss the event.
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