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Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 12:00 am

A courageous woman’s assault on insane asylums

On June 18, 1860, Elizabeth Packard, a mother of six and wife of a Calvinist minister in Manteno, Ill., was carried from her home and admitted to the Illinois Hospital for the Insane in Jacksonville a
Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:00 am

Whale oil, raw beef and other 19th century beauty secrets

I recently learned a new reason why I’m glad I didn’t live in the 1800s — 19th century cosmetics.I became enlightened about this topic after attending an interesting 3½-hour seminar
Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:00 am

Nicotine poisoning was a hazard when kids made cigars

In the late 1800s reformers in Illinois became concerned about child labor in manufacturing, especially in the state’s larger cities. They had good reason to be. In some shops young children wor
Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:00 am

Justice on the square was swift and cheaper than jail

Today, Springfield’s downtown square is a peaceful place. Its manicured lawn and grand Old State Capitol suggest that it was a location of thoughtful debate and mannered discourse among our earl
Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:00 am

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, Dec. 3, 2009 12:00 am

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


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