Commune with greatness at Lincoln’s tomb

Saturday marks the 202nd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
Coincidentally I had been planning to run today’s travel column on Lincoln’s tomb before I even realized the connection. Now it seems even more appropriate.
As long as I can remember I’ve admired Lincoln. Unlike Kenny Rogers, G.I. Joe and Don Johnson, Lincoln is one of the few [...]

Happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Whether you’re a Lincoln enthusiast or simply want to take a moment to honor the 16th president on his birthday, the Mount Pulaski Courthouse will offer several opportunities to celebrate Abe’s 202nd birthday this weekend.
On Friday, Lincoln’s Farewell Address will be read at the courthouse to celebrate the 150th anniversary of both the speech, which [...]

Illinois Civil War website launched

A new website that lists events from 2011 to 2015 in Illinois to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will launch Feb. 1.
The comprehensive events calendar may be accessed starting Feb. 1 at, and includes all events submitted to date. Other events may be added over the next four years by following [...]

The Lincoln Museum at Lincoln

Not all Lincoln museums are alike. Compare, for example, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield and the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln.
While the ALPLM uses state-of-the-art technology and recreated, life-size scenes from Lincoln’s life to tell his story, the much smaller Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College relies on artifacts to [...]

One-man show highlights black soldiers’ role in Civil War

Robert Davis, 21st-century Civil War re-enactor and historian, wants people to know the role black soldiers played in that conflict and what they went through to attain freedom.
So he’s created a time machine, of sorts, to transform himself into Andrew Lewis, escaped slave and 19th-century veteran of Illinois’ 29th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. The [...]

Illinois sets up website for Civil War anniversary

Illinois plans an online list of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will launch a website Tuesday and include a comprehensive events calendar from 2011 to 2015. It will be updated throughout that period. Agency director Jan Grimes says she hopes the website will become an officials guide [...]

Group commemorates Lincoln’s visit

Abraham Lincoln’s last visit to Danville was on Feb. 11, 1861. One hundred and fifty years later, a local group is commemorating that stop with several events on Feb. 12.
In 1861, Lincoln was on the inaugural train that was steaming toward Washington, D.C. At his request, the train made an unscheduled stop in front of [...]

Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation tabs veteran fundraiser as new CEO

A 28-year veteran of work in the non-profit sector has been named the new chief executive officer for the Abraham Lincoln Library Foundation.
Carla Knorowski has recently served as vice president for institutional advancement at Northeastern Illinois University and was executive director of the school’s foundation.

Symposium to mark Lincoln inauguration anniversary

A celebration is planned in Chicago to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration.
The March symposium will include top Lincoln authors and experts and rarely seen original Lincoln and Civil War artifacts from Lincoln’s presidential campaign and his inaugural ball. The program is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Chicago History [...]

Bringing the Civil War back to life

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
In honor of the event, a long-time teacher and author is making her way across Illinois with a message in hopes of inspiring both kids and adults to take an interest in history.
“I just love going school to school and bringing history to [...]