Archaeologists excavating near the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington have unearthed part of the footprint of the 1836 courthouse where experts said Abraham Lincoln worked as an attorney.
The discovery happened Monday on the first day of two to three weeks of archaeological work before construction starts on a new entrance into a planned tourism center on the lower level of the history museum. Museum executive director Greg Koos says the find represents ``physical remains of an incredibly historical episode in McLean County.''
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.
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.
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.
Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Wednesday in Chicago that makes the state the largest in the Midwest to legalize gay weddings. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011, but it was a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.
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.
Daniel Day-Lewis, center, portrays the title character in "Lincoln." One of his costumes and the cabinet room set are among the items from the film to be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Credit DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox
A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois. Director Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
The museum will get two big sets: the Lincoln bedroom, and the cabinet room in which the president — played by Daniel Day-Lewis — argued for passage of a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
Longtime residents of the Springfield area will recall the Concordia Theological Seminary. For about 100 years, it taught those who would become leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The seminary moved to Indiana in 1975.
Today, the Department of Corrections uses the buildings for training. The site also housed what was once known as Illinois State University, during Abraham Lincoln's time.
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.
Today is sponsored by the Lincoln Tomb, the Lincoln Home, Iles House, Edwards Place and the Illinois State Military Museum-- the sites on the candlelight tour, “The Fiery Trial: Civil War Stories by Candlelight,” The theme is the Emancipation Proclamation. Tomorrow from 5 to 9.
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...
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.