The New Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Stephen A. Douglas, the “Little Giant” who served in the U.S. Senate and debated Abraham Lincoln, is still much-honored in some quarters. Douglas, Wyo., and Douglas County, Nev., are among a number of localities that boast of being named for the “noted statesman from Illinois.” A 96-foot statue marks his grave, at a park in [...]

Rare GAR Hall tour excites visitors

Justin Ballard had an astute observation of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall. “The building kind of has a feeling of a battleground,” the 11-year-old said.
The battle over the last decade has been for funds to repair and renovate the building.
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Friends of Athens battlefield site to host Christmas Tea fundraiser

The Friends of Athens have set a date and a new location for their Christmas Tea, a fundraiser for the Battle of Athens State Historic Site in northern Clark County.
The traditional English-style high tea, complete with several courses and entertainment, will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Trump Heritage Haus [...]

Lincoln legend tree in Batavia coming down

From the library window of Lockwood Hall could be heard the sounds of a chainsaw cutting through the hard wood of a black locust, known in family lore as a memorial tree for President Abraham Lincoln.
On Tuesday, John and Judith Gosselin, who have lived in the historic limestone home along Route 31 for 44 years, [...]

Wabash County Museum to present traveling exhibit on Abraham Lincoln

A special traveling exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., will be at the Wabash County Museum for two weeks only.
The exhibit will open on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and will close on Dec. 7. Exhibit hours will be daily (except Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day) from 2 to 5 p.m.
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A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION at Northlight Theatre

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the uplifting holiday musical A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration by Paula Vogel, directed by Henry Godinez with musical direction by Chuck Larkin, running November 11-December 19, 2010, at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. [...]

Funds to repair monument for veterans needed

Oregon’s official festival is the latest not-for-profit organization to donate money to help refurbish a veteran’s monument on the Ogle County Courthouse lawn.
Autumn on Parade donated $500 toward the Soldier & Sailors Monument Oct. 21 bringing the total raised to $4,684. The cost to repair and refurbish the monument is estimated at $7,500.
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Aurora awarded $250,000 grant for GAR rehab

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $250,000 grant to the city of Aurora to fund interior renovations at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum.
 The GAR Memorial Hall Post 20 was built in 1878 at 23 E. Downer Place as a monument to those who fought in the Civil War.
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Lincoln author coming to Lincolnshire

A New York Times best-selling author will be at the Vernon Area Public Library Saturday.
James L. Swanson, best-selling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer and who along with Daniel R. Weinberg wrote Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution will appear at a book event scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at [...]

Illinois Veterans Home hopes to find someone to portray ‘Private Joe’

Officials at the Illinois Veterans Home is looking for someone to help, and they’re not looking for just any ordinary Joe.
More specifically, they’re searching for a “Private Joe.”
In conjunction with the home’s 125th anniversary that will be celebrated during much of 2011, a member of the community is being sought to undertake the role of [...]