IllinoisTimes - History http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-45-1-history.html Sat, 23 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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 ...]]>