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Lincoln Log Cabin presentation to look at early settlement's role in antislavery

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LERNA — The role of an early settlement in keeping Illinois a free state will be the topic of a presentation Saturday at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

Historian Caroline Kisiel will conduct the presentation "Antislavery Activism on the Frontier: the Story of the English Prairie" at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the site's visitors center.

It will cover how two men, Morris Birkbeck and George Flower, sought a location that was both against slavery and was promising for agriculture, according to a news release about the event.

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It will look at history of the English Prairie settlement in Edwards County and period accounts of attitudes toward slavery at a time of "tense political differences," the release said.

Kisiel is an assistant professor at DePaul University with a background in early Illinois history. Her presentation is through the Illinois Humanities Council's Roads Scholars Speaker Bureau program.

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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is located in southern Coles County and features the last home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, who were Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother.

More information about the site and its events and programs is available by calling 217-345-1845 or online at www.lincolnlogcabin.org or the site's Facebook page.

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