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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...
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....

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