You can take a "Spirited Stroll Into The Past" this Saturday afternoon at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The Lincoln Monument Association has an event that is designed to raise funds to mark historic trees at the site.
From 1-4 p.m., you can tour and hear about some of those trees, visit the newly renovated Lincoln's Tomb and hear the Springfield Municipal Band perform. Ice cream and cake will be sold.
On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp paying homage to the Sixteenth President.
A new, black-and-white, 21 cent stamp is available at post offices nationwide. It features a close-up photograph of the Lincoln Memorial statue, in Washington D.C. But the unveiling of the stamp wasn't there.
The ceremony was at the Old State Capitol building, in Springfield — where Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech.
Amy Martin is director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is planning to honor Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
The foundation says it will award the ``Lincoln'' director its Lincoln Leadership Prize in Chicago on March 19. ``Lincoln'' star Sally Field will present the award. According to the foundation, the prize is given to those with character, conscience and a commitment to democracy and service.
Workers at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield are reviewing security procedures after a man broke in to the basement.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1dIqzN9 ) a man from Marshall in southeastern Illinois pleaded guilty to trespassing and criminal property damage after being found in the basement earlier this month.
Jordan Clark was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.
It's been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln's home found a letter fragment in a mouse's nest inside a wall. But researchers think they've finally identified the author of the mystery letter as newspaper editor Andrew Johnston.
Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say attendance was up more than 7 percent in 2013, thanks in part to the popularity of Steven Spielberg's film ``Lincoln.''
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/Km7rhf ) nearly 314,000 people visited the museum through November. That's about 10,000 more visitors than in all of 2012. Attendance is on pace to be the highest since 2010.
In 2009 _ the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth _ more than 600,000 people visited the Springfield museum.
A country can't be too small or too far away, apparently, to get in on the craze for Lincoln memorabilia. Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says in a statement that the tiny European nation of San Marino has helped turn up letters to Lincoln.
An 1861 letter from San Marino's joint heads of state bestows honorary citizenship on Lincoln. It also expresses hope for peace in the U.S. In a response, the 16th president writes the Civil War involves the question of whether a country can save itself from internal division.
A Pennsylvania newspaper says it's sorry it didn't recognize the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 150 years ago.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg on Thursday retracted a dismissive editorial penned by its Civil War-era predecessor, The Harrisburg Patriot & Union. The president's speech is now considered a triumph of American oratory. But the retraction notes the newspaper's November 1863 coverage said it amounted to ``silly remarks'' that deserved a ``veil of oblivion.''
Abraham Lincoln's final resting place will be off limits to visitors for a few months as repairs are made. The Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield houses the former President, his wife and three of their four children.
The state is investing more than 600 thousand dollars to restore interior finishes that have deteriorated over the years. That includes plaster molding, paint, wall panels and plaques.
The project will begin December first and won't be complete until early March. The tomb will be closed to the public during that time.
Few people these days can tell you much about former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner other than he spent time in prison. But there was more to the man who oversaw state government from 1961 to 1968. This Saturday, an all day conference in Springfield will focus on Kerner, looking at his professional accomplishments, his trial and conviction and his private life.
The event, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will include journalists, politicians and even members of Kerner's family.
Do you have an idea to show off the history of your community or a special location? The Sangamon County Historical Society is offering to give money to local projects that create interest in the history of the county. An online application is available for the grants of up to $1,000. Roger Whitaker is President of the Society. Speaking on WUIS' Illinois Edition, he says the group has already helped other projects become a reality:
Springfield officials say they're worried the federal government's partial shutdown may cut into tourism. That's because Abraham Lincoln's home _ one of the city's top tourists attractions _ is closed since it's operated by the National Parks Service. The site drew more than 295,000 visitors last year. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1cqLqtj ) the closure comes after peak tourism season. The co-owner of a nearby restaurant says there's a noticeable impact on her business as foot traffic declines.
Jameson Jenkins was Abraham Lincoln's neighbor. The site of his former home is located in the Lincoln Neighborhood. While Jenkins is far less well-known than the future president who lived a few doors away, he is nonetheless an interesting figure in history.
WUIS' Sean Crawford spoke about research being done with Lincoln Home National Historic Site Superintendent Dale Phillips and Site Historian Tim Townsend on Illinois Edition:
Beardstown is home to the only courtroom where Abraham Lincoln practiced that is still hearing cases. And today that historic site gets a bit high tech. Touch screen monitors have been installed that will allow tourists to learn more about the site. Connie Foley, with the Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum Commission tells how the effort began...
The Lincoln family had its share of health problems, as did most living in the eighteen-hundreds. Local historian and author Glenna Schroeder-Lein recently wrote about it in a book called 'Lincoln and Medicine'.
She's also helped curate an exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum about medicine during the civil war era, which runs through November. Schroeder-Lein joins us to tell us more about her book and the exhibit:
Three authors will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield this summer to shed new light on issues ranging from the Civil War, to morality and music. The authors will sign copies of their books and present lectures.
The founder of the Mormon Church and efforts to extradite him in the 1800's will again provide courtroom drama as a series of events will be held later this year. Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hearings were held regarding Missouri's attempt to extradite him from Illinois for charges that included treason. Smith exercised his right of habeas corpus, requiring hearings to determine if they were being lawfully held in custody.
Illinois' lieutenant governor is seeking clemency for Illinois abolitionists convicted for fighting slavery. The Carbondale Democrat's office is working with historians and experts to identify men and women around Illinois who were convicted of violating slavery laws. Slavery was abolished in Illinois in 1824, but laws prohibited people from harboring or helping slaves.
This year marks the bicentennial of the birth for one of Illinois' most notable politicians. But Stephen Douglas fell far short of his rival, Abraham Lincoln, in both height and the history books. Douglas was more than simply a footnote in Illinois' past. An exhibit underway at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum sheds some light on the Little Giant. It includes items pertaining to Douglas.
James Cornelius is Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the facility and tells us more.