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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
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:00 am

Remembering when “UFOs” were first spotted in the central Illinois

Untitled Document Seven years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Americans were boggled by strange objects in the sky. The phrase “unidentified flying object&#
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:00 am

Springfield researcher takes a revealing look at Civil War medical practices

Untitled Document Civil War medicine is notorious for being gruesome. It’s an odd topic for the squeamish, like Springfield author Glenna Schroeder-Lein, whose
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:00 am

Medicine was sparse at badly overcrowded Camp Butler

Untitled Document During the Civil War, Springfield had one of the state’s largest soldier-training facilities: Camp Butler, located about six miles northeast o
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 12:00 am

Future governor became famous for tangling with Jeff Davis

Untitled Document To duel or not to duel — that was the question Illinois congressman and Mexican War veteran William H. Bissell faced in 1850. He was challenged by Jeffers
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:00 am

Lincoln neighbor likely active with Underground Railroad

Untitled Document “Eleven run away slaves, belonging to citizens of St. Louis, and for which a reward of $300 each, was offered, were captured in this county ye
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 12:00 am

Hettie Bunker Smith shaped medical history

Untitled Document Tucked away in her farmhouse on Old Rochester Road in the 1940s, using plaster of Paris, brushes, photos, and beeswax, Hettie Bunker Smith shaped medical histor


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