Old State Capitol

7:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Let Freedom Ring March

Elementary school students along with city leaders marched down 7th street Thursday to the Old State Capitol Building.

Bells rang out as students made their way from President Abraham Lincoln's home to the Old State Capitol. 

April marks the month that both Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated.

I talked with one of the parent educators from Jefferson Middle School; Monica Walls Butler says it's important for young people to know their history. 

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Happy Birthday, Lincoln
6:13 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Lincoln Postage Unveiled In Springfield

The new commemorative Lincoln stamp is worth 21 cents—not enough to mail a letter, but enough to cover an extra ounce of mail.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/WUIS

  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.

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11:04 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Lincoln Birthday Events At Old State Capitol

The U.S. Postal Service has a present for Abraham Lincoln fans this week.   On his birthday Wednesday, a new stamp will be unveiled at the Old State Capitol depicting Lincoln.  

It's part of events that will mark the 205th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.  

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu February 1, 2007

Capitol Restoration: IL Statehouse returns to original French-influenced style of the late 1800s

The House chamber, seen in the middle of renovation last November, is expected to be unveiled in early February.
Credit Bethany Carson / WUIS/Illinois Issues

One hundred and eighteen years after construction was completed on Illinois’ sixth state Capitol, the House and Senate chambers have been restored to resemble the plush style envisioned by architects John Cochrane of Chicago and Alfred Piquenard of France.

Since last spring, hundreds of specialized workers have toiled around the clock to restore history. At the same time, they upgraded the heating and air conditioning system, fire safety features, Internet capabili- ties and wheelchair accessibility.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri December 1, 2006

State of the State: A century of the Capitol's history is revealed as paint is scraped away

Bethany Carson
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

I take the scenic route to work every morning. I walk up three flights of the Illinois Capitol's grand staircase that lead to a towering piece of art above the Press Room door.

It's a 20-foot-by-40-foot painting of a 1778 peace treaty with George Rogers Clark and Native Americans at Fort Kaskaskia, and it almost looks small compared to the impressive depth and ornate detail of the stained glass dome soaring above the Capitol rotunda.

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