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Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 04:49 pm

New book marks 150 years for Oak Ridge Cemetery, the nation’s second most-visited

One hundred fifty years ago this year, Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery was dedicated by former mayor James Conkling as a “city of the dead.” A new book by former city historian Edwa...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 01:00 pm

October 1918: Death rules the capital city

A few weeks ago, as I nursed my son through swine flu, I frequently thought about my great-grandmother. She had lived in Athens, northwest of Springfield, and nursed her son during another flu pandemi...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 06:03 am
The Illinois State Fair began in 1853 as a salute to agriculture.The founders of the newly-created Illinois State Agricultural Society wanted to give farmers an arena to discuss and advance their prof...
Thursday, July 2, 2009 08:52 pm

Temporary exhibit and gift shop open in anticipation of permanent site

Springfield resident Larry Benson served in the Korean War, working first as a radarman and then for a chaplain. Last Friday, Benson joined dozens of other veterans from central Illinois ...
Thursday, June 18, 2009 01:52 pm
Andersonville reconstructed to appear as it would have during the Civil War The Confederate prison known as “Andersonville” in Georgia is often considered the worst of all the Civil War’s prisons. Its horrible reputation still provokes articles and documentaries today. More than 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned there during its 14-month existence and at leas...


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