Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield

Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield

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Winner, ISHS Certificate of Excellence Award, 2016

Presenting fifty Abraham Lincoln stories—some familiar and beloved, some fresh and unexpected—Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln’s Springfield is a carefully researched, richly illustrated guide to the Springfield, Illinois, locations on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail. Created by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, this trail consists of more than two hundred illustrated storyboards posted at sites of significance to Lincoln’s life and career across fifty-two communities in Illinois. The storyboards connect Lincoln-related tales to the geographical locations where they occurred, giving visitors, and now readers, a tour of the social and cultural landscape of Lincoln’s nineteenth-century world while revealing the very human Lincoln known by friends and associates.

This book celebrates the trail as a rich historical resource, featuring the original storyboards produced for Springfield and including twelve additional stories and more than 150 illustrations. Engaging stories in the book bring Lincoln’s Springfield to life: Lincoln created controversy with his Temperance Address, which he delivered in a church on Fourth Street in February 1842. He unexpectedly married Mary Todd in her sister’s home on the edge of Springfield later that year. The Lincolns’ sons used to harness dogs and cats to small wagons and drive them around the dirt streets of town. When Lincoln visited his dentist, he applied his own chloroform, because the practice of analgesia was not yet common. He reportedly played the ball game Fives in a downtown alley while waiting for news of his presidential nomination. And boxing heavyweight champion John C. Heenan visited the presidential candidate in October 1860. Through texts, historic photographs and images, and maps, including one keyed to the story locations in downtown Springfield, readers of this fascinating volume are invited to imagine social and cultural landscapes that have been lost in time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809333820
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Bryon C. Andreasen is a historian at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. He previously was a research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He lives in Bountiful, Utah, near Salt Lake City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Guy C. Fraker ix

Preface xi

Map of Springfield 2

Map of Old State Capitol public square 3

1 Lincoln's Springfield 4

2 In Their Springfield Prime 6

3 The Lincoln Boys' Springfield 8

4 Samuel S. Ball's Bath & Barber Shop 10

5 C. M. & S. Smith Store 12

6 Lincoln's Dentist 14

7 Curran's Jewelry Shop 16

8 Lincoln's Invention 18

9 Mary Lincoln's Wedding Ring 20

10 Lincoln's Hat 22

11 Illinois State Register Office 24

12 Campaign Poles 26

13 Fourth Street Cottage 28

14 Lincoln's Temperance Address 30

15 Globe Tavern 32

16 First Presbyterian Church 34

17 Lincoln's Funeral Train 36

18 Boardinghouse Romance? 38

19 Chenery House 40

20 Brunswick's Billiard Hall 42

21 Stuart & Lincoln Law Office 44

22 Joshua Speed's Store 46

23 Lincoln's Last Law Office 48

24 Simeon Francis Home 50

25 The "Ball Alley" 52

26 Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company 54

27 Corneau & Diller Drug Store 56

28 Cook's Hall 58

29 The American House 60

30 William Florville's Barber Shop 62

31 Lincoln-Era Fire Companies 64

32 The Lyceum 66

33 Lincoln's Carriage Maker 68

34 Mary Lincoln's Funeral 70

35 The Children's Lincoln 72

36 Mary Lincoln's Family 74

37 Lincoln's Horse 76

38 Lincoln and Animals 78

39 Great Western Railroad Depot 80

40 Animal Problems 82

41 Republican Wigwams 84

42 Political Rallies and Parades 86

43 Wide-Awakes 88

44 Masonic Hall 90

45 Leaping Lincoln 92

46 Virgil Hickox Home 94

47 Clark and Ann Smith Home (Vachel Lindsay Home) 96

48 Illinois Executive Mansion 98

49 Ninian and Elizabeth Edwards Home 100

50 Mather's Grove 102

Also of Interest: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 107

For Further Reading 109

Illustration Credits 111

Index 113

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