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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:10 am

The East St. Louis race riot of 1917, one of the worst in American history

 One hundred years ago, East St. Louis surpassed Springfield for the most ignoble reason – it had race riots worse than the Springfield riots of 1908. Springfield’s riots became known for hel...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:11 am

The “Dollar-a-Day Boys” who built New Salem

 In 1831, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem as a penniless young laborer who took on a variety of odd jobs, including manual labor, to support himself. His experience in the village gave him t...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:10 am
 “You, as individuals, are very significant to the success of a project like this,” said Floyd Mansberger of Fever River Research, addressing a group at Union Baptist Church Sept. 18. The pro...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:08 am
 “By the time we got off the train in Mattoon, we had agreed to write. I would keep him abreast of the antiwar movement at home and he would tell me what Vietnam was really like.”Twenty-nine...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:08 am
 This Sundery, Sept. 10, the Council of Lake Springfield Clubs celebrates its 60th anniversary with food, drinks and music from noon to 6 p.m. at the Aqua Sports Club. The public is invited and a...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:10 am

When Springfield was chosen as the fair site, fire stations blew their whistles and people danced in the street

 Barkers called out their wares and vaudeville actors entertained spectators while carriages pulled by horses rolled down the street. Then when it was dark enough, balloons attached to small ligh...
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:09 am
 One of the first people to photograph Abraham Lincoln with a beard was Christopher S. German, who set up a daguerreotype studio in Springfield in early 1861. Before President-elect Lincoln left...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 12:11 am

Heir to the Post fortune envisioned her Florida estate as a winter White House. Now it is.

 What do Grape Nuts and Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate have in common? They were both created by members of the famous Post family who were born right here in Springfield.Charles W. Post was...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:12 am

Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years

 Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after I...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:10 am
On Jan. 4, 1843, a throng of curious spectators packed the federal courtroom on the second floor of the Tinsley building in Springfield. Dozens of people – reportedly including newlywed Mary Lincoln...

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