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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am

How Pilgrims, a determined editor and Abraham Lincoln invented Thanksgiving Day

 In the beginning there were Pilgrims and Indians, more or less like we learned in school: after a successful harvest in November 1621, the governor of Plymouth Colony organized a thanksgiving fe
Capital City Parent
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am

The key is knowing where to look

 I wasn’t always a thrifter. As a status-conscious teenager growing up in suburban Chicago, I eschewed secondhand clothes in favor of the latest offerings from my favorite stores at the mall. W
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Rail project uncovers evidence of 1908 race riots

 When Floyd Mansberger and Christopher Stratton at Fever River Research began their archaeological investigation of 10th Street between Madison and Mason streets in Springfield, they knew the pro
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:00 am
Hostility towards immigrants had been building for years. By the middle of the decade, xenophobia reached its peak, leading to a widespread belief that immigrants were threatening to destroy American
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:00 am

The archaeological museum, threatened with closure, sits at a confluence of human history

 In the morning, the landscape is shrouded in mist, and a profound stillness permeates the air, interrupted only by the beating wings of a thousand snow geese as they take flight from the wetland
Capital City Parent
Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00 am

Erika Holst was 26 when she lost her mother to ovarian cancer. Six years later, she became a mother herself.

 My mother’s pet name for me was lillegull, a Norwegian term of endearment that translates to “little golden child.” I was her only child, born when she was 36, and she loved me madly. Spis
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am
 Blasts of cannon woke the citizens of Springfield at dawn on the day of the melancholy event. They fired every half hour until 11 o’clock, and every minute between 11 and noon. At 20 minutes p


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