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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 10:30 am

Decatur site gets new study and a makeover

When Abraham Lincoln, his father, stepmother, and step-brother first came to Illinois from Indiana, they settled in a log cabin about three miles west of Decatur on the Sangamon River. Th...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 08:56 am

There’s something for everyone at this weeklong celebration. Here’s your guide to bicentennial events.

Next week, Illinois’ favorite native son finally turns 200. After days, months, and even years of planning and preparing, Springfield residents will tip their hats to the 16th president in a...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 04:26 pm
Candles and popcorn strings on the tree, and the rare fruit treat in your stocking — they were all part of Christmases past. And they’re so removed from our modern lives, which...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 02:14 pm

Springfield Whigs planned to raise the biggest pole in the nation, but disaster struck

During modern elections, Democrats and Republicans show their loyalty with lawn signs. In the 1800s, it was tree poles. They were erected on main streets and lawns around the country during ...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 02:50 am

Revisit Rochester history in weekend events

It was the early 1830s and Samuel Stevens was a young businessman seizing opportunity in the Northwest Territory frontier. He'd journeyed to what is now the Rochester area from Ne...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 01:57 am

There were riots in Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana, too

Last week marked the 100th anniversary of Springfield's race riots. They left our city with a legacy we will never outlive and perhaps never overcome. As Springfieldians strug...
Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 10:09 am

SIU’s med school is home to unusual collection of memorabilia

It's not unusual to find a skeleton in a medical school, but you can't say the same about an intact Depression-era drugstore, antique bloodletting apparatuses, or a 19th-cent...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 02:18 pm

Granny Spears learned her healing ways from her hated captors

Untitled Document Some of our earliest settlers’ stories are so fantastic, they’re hard to believe. Take Mary Neely Spears, also known as Granny Spears. At 19 she was...


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