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Larry Kirwan Brings Stephen Foster’s Music To Springfield

Larry Kirwan made his name with the Irish rock group Black 47.  These days he’s turning his attention to the past, all the way back to the 1860’s.  Kirwan wrote the musical Hard Times, based on the music of Stephen … Continue reading

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History Symposium At UIS Feb. 28-Mar. 2

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  But there is more to learning about emancipation than simply Abraham Lincoln.  A broader view of the subject will be on display during the upcoming Illinois History Symposium to be held … Continue reading

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New “Abe-App” Offers Modern Look at 16th President

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is commemorating its namesake’s birthday with a new Lincoln-themed mobile app. Officials say it will offer a modern experience to Illinois’ famous resident. Chris Slaby reports. The “Abe-App” includes trivia on America’s 16th president, … Continue reading

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Rich Bradley Part Of Oral History Project

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History project has archived the remembrances of several journalists.  Among them, longtime WUIS News Director Rich Bradley, who retired in 2009. Listen to Rich here

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Author Interview: Guy Fraker On Lincoln’s “Ladder” To The Presidency

Abraham Lincoln was not a drinker, though he represented clients on both sides of the temperance issue when he traveled Central Illinois on horseback as a young case lawyer. Alcohol in the mid-1800s will be the topic of a discussion Thursday night, … Continue reading

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Author Discusses The Wicked War

An event this week at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will focus on what some call a forgotten war. The Mexican American War in the 1840’s not only changed the relationship between the U-S and Mexico, it impacted political careers, … Continue reading

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Culture Of Clothing Tonight At ALPLM

Tonight at the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield… fashion and history will meet. An event that focuses on the what Mary Todd Lincoln wore starts at 6:30. It’s called “The Culture of Clothing”. Re-created dresses and jewelry will … Continue reading

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Play About Darker Period Of Lincoln History

A contemporary play sheds lights on a darker period of Abraham Lincoln’s life. It’s set at a time when his son Willie had recently died and the Civil War was raging on. That play is called The Heavens Are Hung … Continue reading

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IHPA: Lincoln’s 8th Circuit Legacy, Illinois Gunsmiths’ Work To Be Displayed In Metamora

History buffs may be interested in two events planned for the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site northeast of Peoria – one on antique firearms and another on Lincoln’s legal career. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced the events Monday.  An … Continue reading

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Papers Of Abraham Lincoln Receives Grant

A grant will help a Lincoln research group make more of his writings available to the public.  Daniel Stowell is the Director and Editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.  He says the 300-thousand dollar grant from the National Endowment … Continue reading

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Author Ron Soodalter Speaks At UIS Thursday

The upcoming Lincoln Legacy Lectures at UIS this week deal with slavery.  While one discussion will focus on emancipation and the civil war, another takes a modern day view of slavery in America.  Ron Soodalter is the author of “A … Continue reading

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Was Mary Todd Lincoln Crazy?

A Springfield audience will serve as the jury Monday night and determine if Mary Todd Lincoln should be committed.  While the actual case played out in 1875, with Mary being placed in a sanitarium, the Lincoln Presidential Museum is hosting … Continue reading

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Lincoln Movie Trailer Released

The much anticipated Lincoln movie from Steven Spielberg comes out this fall.  The trailer is here:

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Lincoln Presidential Library Tops 3 Million Visitors

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield has passed a milestone, welcoming its three millionth visitor on Tuesday. The museum opened in 2005 to plenty of fanfare, including a holographic display featuring Lincoln that caused some historians to cringe.  They … Continue reading

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Springfield Art Exhibitions Feature History

A pair of art exhibitions in Springfield showcase history.  One focuses on historical places. The other on history within families. They both debuted over the weekend, Rachel Otwell brings us this story, starting with an exhibition at the Springfield Art … Continue reading

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Sword Stolen from Lincoln’s Tomb Replaced

A sword from a statue on Abraham Lincoln’s tomb that had gone missing was replaced today . When it was stolen back in November, police assumed was someone had taken it to get cash for the copper. But a local … Continue reading

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Unique Black Soldier’s Photo Donated to Lincoln Presidential Library

A photograph of an African American Civil War veteran is the first of its kind to be included in the collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. Nathan Hughes was a farmer and Union soldier, and like Abraham … Continue reading

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Quinn Supports “Lincoln Amendment” To IL Constitution

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to change Illinois’ constitution to allow voters to enact ethics reform through popular initiative and referendum. Quinn called for the passage of the so-called “Lincoln Amendment” on Sunday which would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday.

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Ted Nugent Speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner in Springfield

Rock ’n’ roll icon Ted Nugent spoke Friday at the Sangamon County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Springfield. The outspoken singer took aim at the President, gun control advocates and others who disagree with him. Brian Mackey reports: … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s neighbor the subject of Illinois State Museum lecture

Few people today have heard of Jameson Jenkins, but Lincoln historians say Jenkins’ legacy is tied to the land on which the Lincoln Home National Historic Site now sits. Sean Crawford reports.

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Sword Stolen From Lincoln’s Tomb Recovered

A copper sword stolen from Lincoln’s tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield has been recovered. Rachel Otwell has more. Transcript: Though it’s in two pieces, two detectives were able to apprehend the sword stolen from the historic site. A … Continue reading

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Copper Theft At Lincoln’s Tomb

A statue of a soldier brandishing a copper sword atop Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield no longer has his weapon.   Some communities have already toughened laws regarding scrap metal sales.  But as Amanda Vinicky reports, a state legislator says the crime … Continue reading

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Lincoln Documents Discovered

Long before he was president, Abraham Lincoln served as a captain during the Black Hawk War. Now researchers have discovered documents signed by the young soldier. The documents are discharge papers that Lincoln signed for members of the Fourth Illinois … Continue reading

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Mary Todd Lincoln’s Commitment Papers

Original Cook County court papers that document former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s commitment to an insane asylum will be preserved at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The papers are from 1875 and 1876 and are still on … Continue reading

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Lincoln Legacy Lecture At UIS Thursday Night

The 9th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series is Thursday October 13 on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield.   Professor Lucas Morel is among the speakers.  He’ll discuss War and Remembrance in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.  Morel spoke with … Continue reading

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Lincoln Effigy On Display in Springfield

A “Black Republican” effigy doll depicting Abraham Lincoln is the artifact of the month for September at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), the latest in a series featuring key items from the Taper Collection recently acquired by … Continue reading

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