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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 ...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 05:12 am

After shocking event, doctor was quick to take his cut

Nathanial Van Noy holds the dubious double distinction of being both the first murderer in Sangamon County as well as the first person to be hanged in Springfield. But it wasn’t the murder itsel...
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 04:50 pm

Springfield author’s new book separates fact from myth

The theories are plentiful: Abraham Lincoln was gay, or had Marfan’s syndrome, or syphilis or mercury poisoning; Mary Lincoln was insane, and on and on. But, are they true?It’s been 80 yea...
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 09:21 pm
Before the Civil War, embalming was mainly done in America by medical men seeking to preserve corpses for anatomical study. It wasn’t until the outbreak of the Civil War, when tens of thousands ...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 01:27 pm

Illinois State Historical Society honors 23 centenarians

What do Poetry Magazine, Chicago Chinatown, Madison County, Haenig Electric Company and the YMCA of McDonough County have in common? They are a few of 23 Illinois businesses, nonprofits and municipali...
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 01:51 pm
It’s hard to think of anything good about droughts, but they have turned up some interesting finds. On Aug. 6, the Illinois State Museum announced a new acquisition that resulted from the curren...
Thursday, July 26, 2012 09:44 am

The great Russian novelist, author of Lolita, was taken aback by a flagpole enthusiast

When the great Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov visited Springfield in 1942, he met a man who would become fodder for one of the most entertaining letters he wrote to his wife. It was excerpted last ...

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