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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...
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 ...


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