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Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

Celebrating the town once called “Lincoln’s alma mater”

 If not for Abraham Lincoln, New Salem would have been just another frontier community lost to history. Instead, the people, places, and events live on in books, articles, plays, and a reconstruc...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:10 am

The long road to sports equality began long ago

Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck.University of Illinois Press, 2017.The role of women in sports has traveled a somewhat winding road, occasionally strewn with potholes and det...
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:10 am

Guessing what a 19th-century president would do today

Lincoln on Leadership for Today: Abraham Lincoln’s Approach to 21st Century Issues. By Donald T. Phillips, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.In his first nationally televised one-on-one interview, Donald Tr...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 12:11 am

A history of floats promoting visibility and understanding

 Perhaps If You Saw One is a picture book of whimsical parade floats and enthusiastic participants. Published by Springfield’s Coalition of Rainbow Alliances, the book amounts to an informal hi...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:11 am

A new photo collection showcases an era of preservation

 Springfield underwent a substantial transformation during the 1960s and 1970s. Through developments in the areas of tourism, education, entertainment and commerce, the city wasc adamant about pr...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:21 am

How downstate dealmakers got things done

Pragmatism used to be a dirty word in government. The pragmatist was too quick to sacrifice principle for the grimy give-and-take of backroom deals, too eager to exploit the interests of the many for...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:10 am

See artifacts and an iceberg, opening Nov. 12

 Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stood on the bow in that blockbuster movie, crowds have flocked to exhibits dedicated to all things Titanic. Swinging a trip to museums in Southampt...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:10 am
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:09 am

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am
 Writer Nelson Algren once observed that “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Fans of Chicago’s baseball teams would certainly disagree since October is the month of basebal...

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