IllinoisTimes - History http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-45-1-history.html Thu, 26 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Restoring the Dana-Thomas House - Architect Michael Jackson, who supervised the 1987-1990 restoration, provides a guided tour http://illinoistimes.com/article-19887-restoring-the-dana-thomas-house.html Restoring the Dana-Thomas House - Architect Michael Jackson, who supervised the 1987-1990 restoration, provides a guided tour
 The glorious Dana-Thomas House – built in 1904 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Susan Lawrence Dana, owned by the Thomas Publishing company for over 30 years, purchased by the state in 1981, and rest...]]>
Presidents with Illinois roots meet at ALPLM http://illinoistimes.com/article-19827-presidents-with-illinois-roots-meet-at-alplm.html Presidents with Illinois roots meet at ALPLM
 Four presidents with personal ties to Illinois left an indelible mark in American history. Thanks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), these presidents’ legacies are...]]>
This old house of worship - Honoring churches and houses of worship for 150 years of service http://illinoistimes.com/article-19750-this-old-house-of-worship.html This old house of worship - Honoring churches and houses of worship for 150 years of service
 Early Illinois settlers established sites of worship, first holding services in someone’s home and later building a church. Each year across Illinois these early churches reach a milestone, th...]]>
Dana-Thomas House: Documents add to rich history - Susan Lawrence Dana was more careful with money than you think http://illinoistimes.com/article-19682-dana-thomas-house-documents-add-to-rich-history.html Dana-Thomas House: Documents add to rich history - Susan Lawrence Dana was more careful with money than you think
Eyes downcast, with a guilty expression and in a quiet voice, a friend of mine admitted, “I have never been through the Dana-Thomas House.” She isn’t alone; too many have been missing out on a S...]]>
Lincoln in love - Stumbling to the altar with Abraham and Mary http://illinoistimes.com/article-19656-lincoln-in-love.html Lincoln in love - Stumbling to the altar with Abraham and Mary
 “Up flew windows, out popped headsTo see this Lady gayIn silken cloak and feather whiteAriding on the dray. At length arrived at Edward’s gateHart backed the usual wayAnd taking out the...]]>
MLK’s legacy honored at museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-19564-mlk%25E2%2580%2599s-legacy-honored-at-museum.html MLK’s legacy honored at museum
 When a single rifle shot in Memphis, Tennessee, cut short the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King at age 39 on April 4, 1968, it cemented the iconic status of the civil rights leader and tow...]]>
Centennial of shame - The East St. Louis race riot of 1917, one of the worst in American history http://illinoistimes.com/article-19449-centennial-of-shame.html Centennial of shame - The East St. Louis race riot of 1917, one of the worst in American history
 One hundred years ago, East St. Louis surpassed Springfield for the most ignoble reason – it had race riots worse than the Springfield riots of 1908. Springfield’s riots became known for hel...]]>
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...]]>