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Wisconsin State Liaison - John S. Skilton



John S. Skilton
Wisconsin State Liaison

Shareholder, Heller, Ehrman, LLP
1 E. Main St. Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703
Work: (608) 663-7474


Created by Executive Order #245, the Wisconsin Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was signed by Governor Doyle on April 7, 2008.

Elementary and Secondary Education Projects and Events:

February 12, 2009 - The Commission will sponsor and support an Educational Awards Event (K-8) and a High School Essay Contest, to culminate in an Awards Ceremony on February 12, 2009. The Governor and the State Superintendent of Education will make guest appearances  

Higher Education Projects and Events:

  • Fall 2009 - “Legacies of Lincoln Conference” at Marquette University with additional "Teach ins” at colleges and universities throughout the state.
  • A Commission Speakers Bureau featuring acclaimed Lincoln scholars and future speaking arrangments.

Additional Public Events:

  • Creating a “Wisconsin Lincoln Heritage Trail.”Abraham Lincoln made two documented visits to Wisconsin:  (1) a brief journey up the Rock River, as far as Jefferson, during the Black Hawk War; and (2) a brief trip from September 30 to October 2, 1859 wherein he delivered a speech in Milwaukee and then traveled by train to Beloit and Janesville.  Lincoln stayed over night at the Tallman House. 
The Commission seeks to link these various sites through creation of a Wisconsin Lincoln Heritage Trail.  The route tracks the interstate “triangle” between Milwaukee, Madison and Beloit/Janesville. 
  • October 2009 - Lincoln Memorial Drive Re-dedication - Milwaukee.
  • Fall 2009 - Re-dedication of Lincoln Memorial Drive ceremony in Milwaukee.
  • Fall 2009 - Re-dedication of Camp Randall and creation of “Camp Randall Park” in Madison.Camp Randall played a vital role in training and supplying troops to President Lincoln.  Presently, a small portion of the stadium grounds contains a Civil War Arch, some cannons, and two guard houses, loosely organized and without explanation.
  • Fall, 2009 - Restoration of the Tallman House in Janesville and Dedication of Hanchett Hall in Beloit.The Tallman House in Janesville is the last known residence in Wisconsin where Abraham Lincoln stayed in 1859 after delivering a speech in Milwaukee.  The site is part of the Wisconsin Lincoln Heritage Trail.  The Tallman House restoration efforts will coincide with a commemoration ceremony for Hanchett Hall in Beloit, where Lincoln made extemporaneous remarks.