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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am

The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield

 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 The heart of Virginia, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield on Rt. 125, is its town square. The anchor of the square’s southwest corner is the Robertson Building, built in 1897. O...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:01 am

Schools are underfunded and people are sick. You want funding to study the past?

Erika Holst, Springfield historian and curator of collections at the Springfield Art Association, is guest columnist this week while Jim Krohe takes a week off. Your favorite dyspeptic is away this we...
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 am

Keeping track of 18 nieces and nephews was a big part of life in Springfield

 Ask someone how many children Abraham Lincoln had and they are likely to answer correctly (four) and will probably be able to name some if not all of them: Robert (born 1843, the only one to sur...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:01 am

Now in a new space with new exhibits, the Lincoln Heritage Museum opens April 26

 I worked part-time at the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln 10 years ago, back when it was called the Lincoln College Museum. In those days, the museum was quaint, almost anachronistic. Tucked ...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s other famous artist, Ethel Mars

Vachel Lindsay undoubtedly wins the distinction of Springfield’s Most Famous Resident, Arts and Letters Category, but he wasn’t the only Springfield native to make it big on the art scene. Lindsay...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 “The City is now lighted up with Gas with great success,” John T. Stuart wrote to his daughter in February of 1855. “It looks very brilliant whenever in use and especially the State House ...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Historic east side home, now facing demolition, once housed the ‘Tuskegee of the North’

 The 150-year-old Taylor House at 12th and Cass streets in Springfield now faces possible demolition after numerous attempts to save it. New efforts to preserve the structure are focusing on the ...

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