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Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Stephen A. Douglas and Illinois’ populist past

 The prospect is in store of two rabble-rousing populists trading insults for the next seven months. Each will try to tap the deep vein of grievance that runs through a middle class convinced tha...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Thanksgiving and the War of 1812 in Illinois

 Thanksgiving is the time of year when some white people serve up a heapin’ dish of guilt. The season reminds us all of the circumstances of the founding of the nation, when it was the white pe...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Why do so many cities with history not have a history?

 Most towns of any size have history that is worth reading about, but surprisingly few have a good history in which they might read it. By “a good history” I mean a single-volume history for...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 06:29 pm
James Krohe Jr. Remember the news, announced by District 186 in March, that 68 of Springfield’s 1,329 public school teachers did not have the required paperwork in their personnel files showing them to be fit for the classroom? This except from A New Guide for Emigrants to the West, written by the American Baptist missionary John Mason Peck in 1836: A material defect in all the la...
Thursday, April 25, 2013 05:45 am
Celtic duo Switchback performs at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on April 26. The musical group featuring Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack will play Americana and traditional Celtic tunes. One ...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 02:54 am

What lies beneath Abe World’s Lincoln hat?

Nothing – save perhaps a shredded writ of habeas corpus – says “Lincoln” like a stovepipe hat. Abe World relies on his hats as a graphical motif – I count four of them on...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 04:10 am

Spielberg almost gets Lincoln right

Springfield has seen two Lincoln movies recently – Saving Lincoln, which retells the White House years from the perspective of his close friend and bodyguard and which the Abraham Lincoln Associ...
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 04:39 pm

Springfield needs new attractions to draw the tourists

My Christmas shopping being done, I curled up in front of a glowing space heater to catch up on my reading. At the top of the pile was the official 2012 visitors guide to Springfield, “your not ...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 04:17 pm

Springfield man taking dugout canoe down Illinois and Mississippi rivers

Dean Campbell of Springfield says ideas are cheap. Putting them into action is what matters.On Sept. 1, the 78-year-old former teacher will launch a 1,200-pound dugout canoe that he fashioned out of ...
Thursday, March 1, 2012 03:29 am

Fun and games during Lincoln’s birthday month

Another Lincoln birthday month has come and gone, and this one was busier than most. We learned that the Mary Todd Lincoln that had looked down from an oil portrait in the Executive Mansion for more t...

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