IllinoisTimes - History http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-45-1-history.html Sun, 21 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Virginia works to save its endangered landmark http://illinoistimes.com/article-14401-virginia-works-to-save-its-endangered-landmark.html Virginia works to save its endangered landmark
 The heart of Virginia, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield on Rt. 125, is its town square. The anchor of the square’s southwest corner is the Robertson Building, built in 1897. O...]]>
When Lindbergh delivered airmail to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14249-when-lindbergh-delivered-airmail-to-springfield.html When Lindbergh delivered airmail to Springfield
 Before he was Lucky Lindy, America’s aviation hero, Springfield knew Charles Lindbergh as “Slim,” the affable young blond pilot who delivered mail twice a day in a modified WWI-surplus de...]]>
About history, so what? - Schools are underfunded and people are sick. You want funding to study the past? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14115-about-history-so-what.html About history, so what? - Schools are underfunded and people are sick. You want funding to study the past?
Erika Holst, Springfield historian and curator of collections at the Springfield Art Association, is guest columnist this week while Jim Krohe takes a week off. Your favorite dyspeptic is away this we...]]>
Lincoln’s extended family - Keeping track of 18 nieces and nephews was a big part of life in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14079-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-extended-family.html Lincoln’s extended family - Keeping track of 18 nieces and nephews was a big part of life in Springfield
 Ask someone how many children Abraham Lincoln had and they are likely to answer correctly (four) and will probably be able to name some if not all of them: Robert (born 1843, the only one to sur...]]>
Iles House receives Lincoln’s Courting Couch for one year http://illinoistimes.com/article-13974-iles-house-receives-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-courting-couch-for-one-year.html Iles House receives Lincoln’s Courting Couch for one year
 The horsehair-covered sofa long known in central Illinois as Lincoln’s Courting Couch has been loaned for the 2014 season to the Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St. (corner of Seventh and Cook stre...]]>
Lincoln museum is a showstopper - Now in a new space with new exhibits, the Lincoln Heritage Museum opens April 26 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13790-lincoln-museum-is-a-showstopper.html Lincoln museum is a showstopper - Now in a new space with new exhibits, the Lincoln Heritage Museum opens April 26
 I worked part-time at the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln 10 years ago, back when it was called the Lincoln College Museum. In those days, the museum was quaint, almost anachronistic. Tucked ...]]>
Crossing boundaries - Springfield’s other famous artist, Ethel Mars http://illinoistimes.com/article-13594-crossing-boundaries.html Crossing boundaries - Springfield’s other famous artist, Ethel Mars
Vachel Lindsay undoubtedly wins the distinction of Springfield’s Most Famous Resident, Arts and Letters Category, but he wasn’t the only Springfield native to make it big on the art scene. Lindsay...]]>
When Springfield got gas http://illinoistimes.com/article-13335-when-springfield-got-gas.html When Springfield got gas
 “The City is now lighted up with Gas with great success,” John T. Stuart wrote to his daughter in February of 1855. “It looks very brilliant whenever in use and especially the State House ...]]>
Another kind of schoolhouse - Historic east side home, now facing demolition, once housed the ‘Tuskegee of the North’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-13198-another-kind-of-schoolhouse.html Another kind of schoolhouse - Historic east side home, now facing demolition, once housed the ‘Tuskegee of the North’
 The 150-year-old Taylor House at 12th and Cass streets in Springfield now faces possible demolition after numerous attempts to save it. New efforts to preserve the structure are focusing on the ...]]>
Springfield’s first hanging - After shocking event, doctor was quick to take his cut http://illinoistimes.com/article-12802-springfieldrss-first-hanging.html Springfield’s first hanging - After shocking event, doctor was quick to take his cut
Nathanial Van Noy holds the dubious double distinction of being both the first murderer in Sangamon County as well as the first person to be hanged in Springfield. But it wasn’t the murder itsel...]]>
Lincoln’s Election Day in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-10700-lincolnrss-election-day-in-springfield.html Lincoln’s Election Day in Springfield
Election Day, 1860, started with a boom for Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. According to Harold Holzer’s book, Lincoln: President-Elect, local Republicans (not including Linco...]]>
How sick was Lincoln? - Springfield author's new book separates fact from myth http://illinoistimes.com/article-10661-how-sick-was-lincoln.html How sick was Lincoln? - Springfield author's new book separates fact from myth
The theories are plentiful: Abraham Lincoln was gay, or had Marfan’s syndrome, or syphilis or mercury poisoning; Mary Lincoln was insane, and on and on. But, are they true?It’s been 80 yea...]]>
Springfield’s role in preserving the dead http://illinoistimes.com/article-10637-springfieldrss-role-in-preserving-the-dead.html Springfield’s role in preserving the dead
Before the Civil War, embalming was mainly done in America by medical men seeking to preserve corpses for anatomical study. It wasn’t until the outbreak of the Civil War, when tens of thousands ...]]>
The poetry of longevity - Illinois State Historical Society honors 23 centenarians http://illinoistimes.com/article-10484-the-poetry-of-longevity.html The poetry of longevity - Illinois State Historical Society honors 23 centenarians
What do Poetry Magazine, Chicago Chinatown, Madison County, Haenig Electric Company and the YMCA of McDonough County have in common? They are a few of 23 Illinois businesses, nonprofits and municipali...]]>
When Springfield’s competing streetcars came to blows http://illinoistimes.com/article-10464-when-springfieldrss-competing-streetcars-came-to-blows.html When Springfield’s competing streetcars came to blows
Corporate arrogance and malfeasance seem like modern phenomena, but they’re not. Take the story of Springfield’s 1890 “streetcar wars,” for example. Shortly after the Civil War...]]>
Secrets uncovered by 1950s drought http://illinoistimes.com/article-10362-secrets-uncovered-by-1950s-drought.html Secrets uncovered by 1950s drought
It’s hard to think of anything good about droughts, but they have turned up some interesting finds. On Aug. 6, the Illinois State Museum announced a new acquisition that resulted from the curren...]]>
When Vladimir Nabokov came to Springfield - The great Russian novelist, author of Lolita, was taken aback by a flagpole enthusiast http://illinoistimes.com/article-10286-when-vladimir-nabokov-came-to-springfield.html When Vladimir Nabokov came to Springfield - The great Russian novelist, author of Lolita, was taken aback by a flagpole enthusiast
When the great Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov visited Springfield in 1942, he met a man who would become fodder for one of the most entertaining letters he wrote to his wife. It was excerpted last ...]]>
Springfield’s Ladies Aid supported Civil War soldiers http://illinoistimes.com/article-10267-springfieldrss-ladies-aid-supported-civil-war-soldiers.html Springfield’s Ladies Aid supported Civil War soldiers
On July 4, 1837 – 175 years ago – the cornerstone for what we now call the Old State Capitol (OSC) was dedicated. In the decades that followed, the building was not only the center of gove...]]>
Lithuanians in Springfield - New historical marker commemorates the heritage of a proud community http://illinoistimes.com/article-10244-lithuanians-in-springfield.html Lithuanians in Springfield - New historical marker commemorates the heritage of a proud community
The placing of a church cornerstone is an act of faith. For the founders of Springfield’s St. Vincent de Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church it was an act of survival. Exiled from their tiny homelan...]]>
When Lincoln’s friend was killed just as war began http://illinoistimes.com/article-10153-when-lincolnrss-friend-was-killed-just-as-war-began.html When Lincoln’s friend was killed just as war began
The Civil War was only five weeks old when Col. Elmer Ellsworth, 24, was killed tearing down a Confederate flag in Virginia. As the first prominent Union casualty, he became an instant hero: newspaper...]]>
Springfield history in old newspaper photos http://illinoistimes.com/article-9995-springfield-history-in-old-newspaper-photos.html Springfield history in old newspaper photos
It’s like a long forgotten, 80-year-old scrapbook of our city. It shows a bustling downtown crowded with men wearing fedoras and women in fur coats, a family brewery preparing for the onslaught ...]]>
Lincoln, the tax-and-spend president http://illinoistimes.com/article-9881-lincoln-the-tax-and-spend-president.html Lincoln, the tax-and-spend president
Tax Day is just days away. Nationally, April 15 is significant because that’s the traditional day when tax returns are due. This year we get a two-day extension, to April 17. Perhaps more locall...]]>
Illinois’ first black legislator http://illinoistimes.com/article-9844-illinoisrs-first-black-legislator.html Illinois’ first black legislator
From Slave to State Legislator: John W.E. Thomas, Illinois’ First African American Lawmaker, by David A. Joens. Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 288 pages, $34.95.In 1877, Illinois beca...]]>
African-American history museum opens with photo exhibit http://illinoistimes.com/article-9699-african-american-history-museum-opens-with-photo-exhibit.html African-American history museum opens with photo exhibit
The Springfield Illinois African-American History Foundation’s museum opens its first exhibition tonight, Feb. 23, capping 14 years of work. The exhibition will feature photographs by Eddie Winf...]]>
The man behind Sears’ success got his start here http://illinoistimes.com/article-9588-the-man-behind-searsrs-success-got-his-start-here.html The man behind Sears’ success got his start here
Springfield is known as the home of Abraham Lincoln, but a man from Lincoln’s neighborhood gets short shrift in our city’s legacy. Julius Rosenwald was born a block from Lincoln’s ho...]]>
A soldier’s Christmas in the Civil War http://illinoistimes.com/article-9423-a-soldierrss-christmas-in-the-civil-war.html A soldier’s Christmas in the Civil War
Since this year marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s beginning, it seems appropriate to look back at how some of those soldiers spent their holidays. We begin with the accounts of two m...]]>
Acorn-planting day at Lincoln Memorial Garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-9290-acorn-planting-day-at-lincoln-memorial-garden.html Acorn-planting day at Lincoln Memorial Garden
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson If one acorn can create a thousand forests, Springfield’s Harriet Knudson had enough acorns in 1936...]]>
Losing her mind, the movie - Springfield filmmaker captures a disturbing play, The Yellow Wallpaper, on video http://illinoistimes.com/article-9163-losing-her-mind-the-movie.html Losing her mind, the movie - Springfield filmmaker captures a disturbing play, The Yellow Wallpaper, on video
One of the best theater tickets in town over the last couple of years was to Springfield actor Aasne Vigesaa’s performance of The Yellow Wallpaper at the Vachel Lindsay home, directed by Kevin P...]]>
Celebrating history through the arts http://illinoistimes.com/article-9071-celebrating-history-through-the-arts.html Celebrating history through the arts
A new event at the Old State Capitol on Sept. 10 follows an old tradition – showcasing artists and art in the building. It’s a practice that dates back to the 1800s. The event, “Cele...]]>
When Lincoln held office hours in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-9041-when-lincoln-held-office-hours-in-springfield.html When Lincoln held office hours in Springfield
When Springfield Mayor Mike Houston announced in July that he would hold regular open office hours, he was in good company. In 1860, after he became president-elect, Abraham Lincoln did the same, but ...]]>