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:
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'.
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.
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.
More than 2 million people a year visit Illinois state historic sites. The locations play a big role in both state and local economies. But they often lack political muscle. So a more coordinated effort is underway to bring back the Historic Preservation caucus in the Illinois General Assembly.
Speaking on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, Chris Wills with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says there is a need: