The Illinois State Bar Association helped provide a special photograph of Abraham Lincoln
to Beecher City High School. The photograph, made by Alexander Hesler
in 1860, was reproduced from glass plates and made available through the Illinois State Historical Society.
The ISBA and Beecher City Merchants Association purchased the photo for the school. At the school assembly presentation of the photo, photographer PJ Ryan talked about the photographic significance of the image; area Lincoln buff and businessman Jerry White told the students about Lincoln, the poet and leader, and attorney William Austin of Effingham, representing the Illinois Bar Association, talked about Lincoln, the self-educated lawyer. Posing with the photo are (from left) Jerry White, student council officers Mitch Kline, Mitchell Zacha and Breeanna Strauch, William Austin and PJ Ryan.