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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:09 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:08 am
Picture what life was like in the 1830s in western Illinois near the Mississippi River. Although the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the area that became Illinois, residents could ke...
Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:08 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:08 am
Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night – A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois By Raymond and Pamela Bruzan. 467 pagesIf you live in Rochester, you should pick up this book. If you live in Sprin...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:10 am

Krohe’s clever prose makes mid-Illinois history almost fun

 James Krohe Jr., Corn Kings & One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.This work of solid history, entertainingly told,...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:10 am
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women By Kate Moore, 2017, Sourcebooks, 404 pages, $26.99Back in 2007, a group of students from Ottawa High School were invited to perform a 20-...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:10 am
Can one ever really form a true utopia – and will it actually survive? Randall J. Soland of Springfield explores six utopias formed in Illinois between 1839 and 1942, in an interesting, well-researc...
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:11 am

A sparkling new account of the doomed Donner Party

Of all the stories of the settling of the American West, none is as compelling, heroic and tragic as that of the Donner Party, which stepped into history on April 15, 1846, from Springfield, Illinois....

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