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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 12:00 am

Harvard Park celebrates a century as a working-class neighborhood that still works

T his year Springfield's Harvard Park neighborhood celebrates the centennial of its annexation to the city. The neighborhood's roots reach back to one of Springfield's oldes
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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, July 16, 2008 12:00 am

The capital city was an important station on the Underground Railroad

Untitled Document Part of the intrigue of the Underground Railroad is its mystery — we’ll never know the whole story. Its activists tried to keep their w
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:00 am

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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