Lincoln Douglas Debate

Adams County

128 N 5th | Quincy, IL

The Center was an undertaking of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. It is located across the street from Washington Park and the 1858 debate site and was dedicated in October 2009 as a lasting legacy to the sixth debate and to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s place in Quincy’s history.

A major feature of the Center, The Turning Point Exhibit, explains why the debate was so important and how it affected United States history. The eight-sided kiosk tells the story of the sixth debate and emphasizes its importance in defining the morality of slavery and catapulting Abraham Lincoln to national attention.


• The importance of the sixth debate on October 13, 1858
• The two candidates running for the U.S. Senate
• The appearance of the Square at the time of the debate


Museum Pass

Your buy one get one free admittance into 12 eclectic Quincy museums.

Pet Friendly Guide

Paw-Friendly Patios, Shopping with your BFF, Pup Parks + Shelter Pals

Family Fun

Family-friendly guide to open air adventure, nature finds & farms, indoor/outdoor discoveries + BINGO game with prize!

City of Refuge Guide

20-point driving tour reflecting Quincy’s first three decades, including Underground Railroad history.

Lincoln in Quincy

All the Lincoln-related area sites with “Rubbing Pages” to create your own souvenir of the Storyboard Trail.

Quickie Overview

A 2-page summary of the city including main attractions, major summer/fall annual events and suggested itinerary.