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Voters approve Willis Spaulding's $2.5 million bond issue to begin the construction of Lake Springfield, which would be accomplished through damming Sugar Creek. Many jobs were created during the Depression years and the city gained a reliable source for water and electricity.

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“Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery”

Sangamon County Historical Society

  • 10/3/2021 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Sangamon County Historical Society will host its popular cemetery walking tour,  “Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery” from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 3 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

Why Juneteenth?: Remembrance and Reflection

UIS Center for Lincoln Studies

  • 6/17/2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Category: Events

The Center for Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion that addresses the big questions: What is Juneteenth? Why should we remember it? How was it celebrated in the past? How is it celebrated now?

The Surprising Stephen A. Douglas

UIS Center for Lincoln Studies

  • 6/23/2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Category: Events

Join the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies for a special presentation and discussion on Abraham Lincoln's political rival, Stephen A. Douglas. Reg Ankrom author of Stephen A. Douglas: The Political Apprenticeship, 1833-1843 and Stephen A. Douglas, Western Man: The Early Years in Congress, 1844-1850 will give a presentation and discusses surprising facts about Stephen A. Douglas with Dr. Graham Peck, Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies.


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