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Thursday, May 6, 2010 07:09 pm
Financial problems are nothing new to the Prairie State. Sadly, neither are inept responses by governmental officials. After the Panic of 1819 one of our own townsmen, an esteemed founding father, was...
Thursday, April 1, 2010 07:34 pm

Eighty years of ministry to men in Springfield

Brother Anthony Joseph came to the St. James Trade School from Syracuse, N.Y., in 1967 to join the Franciscan Brothers in running the school. The Springfield school on the northeast side closed in 197...
Thursday, March 25, 2010 09:05 pm

The story of this area’s earliest residents, before they were forced to walk the Trail of Death

It’s easy in this Land of Lincoln Obsession to think that our area’s history began with the sixteenth president or with white settlers in general. But doing so ignores the many Native Amer...
Thursday, March 4, 2010 01:03 am

A tumultuous time in Illinois, to be explored at history symposium March 7-9

One hundred fifty years ago this year, Abraham Lincoln was elected president and the slavery question was threatening to dissolve the nation.In Illinois, Lincoln’s allegedly “free” s...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 12:31 pm

University of Illinois symposium looks at the 1960s through the lens of the television drama

From the bored housewife and the determined workingwoman to the philandering businessman, the television drama “Mad Men” explores a cast of 1960s archetypal characters, and displays them w...
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...

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