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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...
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 12:07 am
 A discovery of long-forgotten articles in the Blackburn College archives has solved a lingering, and surprisingly controversial, mystery of the school’s history.The story involves a one-armed...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:07 am
 When receiving word that the Chief Magistrate is planning a visit, the hosting city is usually quick to roll out the red carpet. Not so in 1866, when President Andrew Johnson arrived in Springfi...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:13 am

You were there? You should see the movie.

 On Sunday, May 3, 2015 – a year ago – my family and I staked out a spot on North Fourth Street to watch the reenactment of Lincoln’s funeral procession pass by. I was well aware that the e...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:12 am
 Step Afrika!Jan 30, 7pm Sat. First professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Performance includes tap, modern, hip-hop plus other styles of dance. $15-30 adults, $5 stud...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:09 am
 When he moved to Springfield and hung out his shingle as an attorney, Abraham Lincoln effectively completed his transition from a rural working-class laborer to an urban, middle-class gentleman....
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:11 am
With children the annual return of that mysterious personage called “Santa Claus,” with his budget of gim cracks and appropriate presents, is full of excitement and is looked forward to with absor...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 am

How Pilgrims, a determined editor and Abraham Lincoln invented Thanksgiving Day

 In the beginning there were Pilgrims and Indians, more or less like we learned in school: after a successful harvest in November 1621, the governor of Plymouth Colony organized a thanksgiving fe...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:11 am
 “What are six hundred human beings worth? How much ought we expend to give so many wandering exiles a home and shelter from persecution?”The year was 1849, and the question was being asked i...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:10 am

The archaeological museum, threatened with closure, sits at a confluence of human history

 In the morning, the landscape is shrouded in mist, and a profound stillness permeates the air, interrupted only by the beating wings of a thousand snow geese as they take flight from the wetland...


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