IllinoisTimes - History http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-45-1-history.html Wed, 13 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 African-American heritage explored http://illinoistimes.com/article-19206-african-american-heritage-explored.html African-American heritage explored
 “You, as individuals, are very significant to the success of a project like this,” said Floyd Mansberger of Fever River Research, addressing a group at Union Baptist Church Sept. 18. The pro...]]>
Celebrating the CCC - The “Dollar-a-Day Boys” who built New Salem http://illinoistimes.com/article-19207-celebrating-the-ccc.html Celebrating the CCC - The “Dollar-a-Day Boys” who built New Salem
 In 1831, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem as a penniless young laborer who took on a variety of odd jobs, including manual labor, to support himself. His experience in the village gave him t...]]>
Letters from Vietnam http://illinoistimes.com/article-19179-letters-from-vietnam.html Letters from Vietnam
 “By the time we got off the train in Mattoon, we had agreed to write. I would keep him abreast of the antiwar movement at home and he would tell me what Vietnam was really like.”Twenty-nine...]]>
Birthday party for Lake Springfield clubs http://illinoistimes.com/article-19102-birthday-party-for-lake-springfield-clubs.html Birthday party for Lake Springfield clubs
 This Sundery, Sept. 10, the Council of Lake Springfield Clubs celebrates its 60th anniversary with food, drinks and music from noon to 6 p.m. at the Aqua Sports Club. The public is invited and a...]]>
State fair beginnings - When Springfield was chosen as the fair site, fire stations blew their whistles and people danced in the street http://illinoistimes.com/article-18979-state-fair-beginnings.html State fair beginnings - When Springfield was chosen as the fair site, fire stations blew their whistles and people danced in the street
 Barkers called out their wares and vaudeville actors entertained spectators while carriages pulled by horses rolled down the street. Then when it was dark enough, balloons attached to small ligh...]]>
Lincoln’s photographer was unlucky in love http://illinoistimes.com/article-18667-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-photographer-was-unlucky-in-love.html Lincoln’s photographer was unlucky in love
 One of the first people to photograph Abraham Lincoln with a beard was Christopher S. German, who set up a daguerreotype studio in Springfield in early 1861. Before President-elect Lincoln left...]]>
Springfield’s connection to Mar-A-Lago - Heir to the Post fortune envisioned her Florida estate as a winter White House. Now it is. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18226-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-connection-to-mar-a-lago.html Springfield’s connection to Mar-A-Lago - Heir to the Post fortune envisioned her Florida estate as a winter White House. Now it is.
 What do Grape Nuts and Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate have in common? They were both created by members of the famous Post family who were born right here in Springfield.Charles W. Post was...]]>
Slavery in the Land of Lincoln - Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-18142-slavery-in-the-land-of-lincoln.html Slavery in the Land of Lincoln - Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years
 Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after I...]]>
When Joseph Smith stood trial in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17807-when-joseph-smith-stood-trial-in-springfield.html When Joseph Smith stood trial in Springfield
On Jan. 4, 1843, a throng of curious spectators packed the federal courtroom on the second floor of the Tinsley building in Springfield. Dozens of people – reportedly including newlywed Mary Lincoln...]]>
Blackburn’s one-armed baseball player mystery http://illinoistimes.com/article-17772-blackburn%25E2%2580%2599s-one-armed-baseball-player-mystery.html Blackburn’s one-armed baseball player mystery
 A discovery of long-forgotten articles in the Blackburn College archives has solved a lingering, and surprisingly controversial, mystery of the school’s history.The story involves a one-armed...]]>
Springfield snubbed a president http://illinoistimes.com/article-17566-springfield-snubbed-a-president.html Springfield snubbed a president
 When receiving word that the Chief Magistrate is planning a visit, the hosting city is usually quick to roll out the red carpet. Not so in 1866, when President Andrew Johnson arrived in Springfi...]]>
The Lincoln funeral film - You were there? You should see the movie. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17159-the-lincoln-funeral-film.html The Lincoln funeral film - You were there? You should see the movie.
 On Sunday, May 3, 2015 – a year ago – my family and I staked out a spot on North Fourth Street to watch the reenactment of Lincoln’s funeral procession pass by. I was well aware that the e...]]>
Black History Month Events 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16743-black-history-month-events-2016.html Black History Month Events 2016
 Step Afrika!Jan 30, 7pm Sat. First professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Performance includes tap, modern, hip-hop plus other styles of dance. $15-30 adults, $5 stud...]]>
The piano Lincoln heard http://illinoistimes.com/article-16637-the-piano-lincoln-heard.html The piano Lincoln heard
 When he moved to Springfield and hung out his shingle as an attorney, Abraham Lincoln effectively completed his transition from a rural working-class laborer to an urban, middle-class gentleman....]]>
The happy history of Santa Claus http://illinoistimes.com/article-16539-the-happy-history-of-santa-claus.html The happy history of Santa Claus
With children the annual return of that mysterious personage called “Santa Claus,” with his budget of gim cracks and appropriate presents, is full of excitement and is looked forward to with absor...]]>
History of a holiday - How Pilgrims, a determined editor and Abraham Lincoln invented Thanksgiving Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-16455-history-of-a-holiday.html History of a holiday - 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...]]>
When Springfield took in Portuguese refugees http://illinoistimes.com/article-16172-when-springfield-took-in-portuguese-refugees.html When Springfield took in Portuguese refugees
 “What are six hundred human beings worth? How much ought we expend to give so many wandering exiles a home and shelter from persecution?”The year was 1849, and the question was being asked i...]]>
The ancient story told by Dickson Mounds - The archaeological museum, threatened with closure, sits at a confluence of human history http://illinoistimes.com/article-16032-the-ancient-story-told-by-dickson-mounds.html The ancient story told by Dickson Mounds - 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...]]>
Lincoln and the Jews - Historical artifacts on display Aug. 3-Nov. 15 at ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-15929-lincoln-and-the-jews.html Lincoln and the Jews - Historical artifacts on display Aug. 3-Nov. 15 at ALPLM
 A thought-provoking exhibit on Lincoln’s relationship with Jews will open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Monday, Aug. 3. “With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews” a...]]>
Lincoln Funeral Reenactment events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15409-lincoln-funeral-reenactment-events-calendar.html Lincoln Funeral Reenactment events calendar
 This is your unofficial guide to the concerts, presentations, lectures, dinners and other events surrounding the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Reenactment. Please note that parking downtown will be restr...]]>
Life and death in Lincoln’s day - Health care, death and mourning in the 1800s http://illinoistimes.com/article-15411-life-and-death-in-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-day.html Life and death in Lincoln’s day - Health care, death and mourning in the 1800s
 Historians, experts and enthusiasts gathered on April 15, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, to discuss his assassination, his health care and mourning a president.Wayne C. Temple, depu...]]>
Aftermath of an assassination - Historians address the ramifications of Lincoln’s death http://illinoistimes.com/article-15412-aftermath-of-an-assassination.html Aftermath of an assassination - Historians address the ramifications of Lincoln’s death
 Even before he ascended to the White House, Abraham Lincoln was often referred to as “old.” It wasn’t an insult but a compliment.“He radiated the qualities of wisdom and nurturing,” sa...]]>
A nationwide project - Lincoln’s hearse a labor of love http://illinoistimes.com/article-15413-a-nationwide-project.html A nationwide project - Lincoln’s hearse a labor of love
 A replica of the horse-drawn hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body to Oak Ridge Cemetery in 1865 is built from more than wood and metal and ostrich plume feathers reaching more than a doz...]]>
The first big Springfield funeral http://illinoistimes.com/article-15381-the-first-big-springfield-funeral.html The first big Springfield funeral
 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...]]>
Lincoln’s scandalous nephew http://illinoistimes.com/article-15057-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-scandalous-nephew.html Lincoln’s scandalous nephew
 If the Lincolns continued to take a Springfield newspaper even after they moved to Washington, D.C., no doubt they would have been shocked by the May 12, 1864, issue of the Illinois State Journa...]]>
The legend of Ann and Abraham http://illinoistimes.com/article-14799-the-legend-of-ann-and-abraham.html The legend of Ann and Abraham
One of the enduring myths in American legend is Abraham Lincoln’s first love, a New Salem girl named Ann Rutledge. The subject remains hotly debated among Lincoln scholars today. The relationship �...]]>
Political mudslinging in Springfield - Back then it was worse http://illinoistimes.com/article-14659-political-mudslinging-in-springfield.html Political mudslinging in Springfield - Back then it was worse
 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca...]]>
The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14608-the-angel-of-death.html The angel of death - The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield
 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul...]]>
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...]]>