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Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am
 This is your unofficial guide to the concerts, presentations, lectures, dinners and other events surrounding the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Reenactment. Please note that parking downtown will be restr...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

Health care, death and mourning in the 1800s

 Historians, experts and enthusiasts gathered on April 15, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, to discuss his assassination, his health care and mourning a president.Wayne C. Temple, depu...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

Historians address the ramifications of Lincoln’s death

 Even before he ascended to the White House, Abraham Lincoln was often referred to as “old.” It wasn’t an insult but a compliment.“He radiated the qualities of wisdom and nurturing,” sa...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

Lincoln’s hearse a labor of love

 A replica of the horse-drawn hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body to Oak Ridge Cemetery in 1865 is built from more than wood and metal and ostrich plume feathers reaching more than a doz...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:01 am
 Blasts of cannon woke the citizens of Springfield at dawn on the day of the melancholy event. They fired every half hour until 11 o’clock, and every minute between 11 and noon. At 20 minutes p...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 If the Lincolns continued to take a Springfield newspaper even after they moved to Washington, D.C., no doubt they would have been shocked by the May 12, 1864, issue of the Illinois State Journa...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am
One of the enduring myths in American legend is Abraham Lincoln’s first love, a New Salem girl named Ann Rutledge. The subject remains hotly debated among Lincoln scholars today. The relationship �...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Back then it was worse

 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca...
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...

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