Monday, March 27, 2023


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2023 ALHFAM Conference

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museum

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Join us at the 2023 ALHFAM Conference

June 23-26
Saunder Village in Northwest Ohio
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The Secrets of Lincoln’s Illinois Photographs.

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     The Elkhart Historical Society will welcome historian Mark Sorensen of Decatur to the podium for the Friday, March 24, 2023, dinner lecture, The Secrets of Lincoln’s Illinois Photographs. 

      Between 1856 and 1861 there were 32 known photo images of Abraham Lincoln taken in Illinois. From the daguerreotype of slick-haired Lincoln preparing to go to Congress, to the only ambrotype of lawyer Lincoln in his “Matlockesque” white coat, to the newly bearded president-elect Lincoln leaving Springfield, historian Mark Sorensen will reveal the back story of thirteen of these images in his illustrated presentation.   

Maid of All Work: The Women Who Worked for the Lincolns

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Like most middle-class women of her time, Mary Lincoln relied on hired help to manage her household. These women worked and sometimes lived in her house, cleaning, cooking, and caring for the children alongside her. Who were these women? What were their duties? What was their experience like within the household? What were the Lincolns experiences living and working intimately with a cross-section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? Drawing on letters, reminiscences, and county records, University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Experience Director and Curator, will examine the nature of domestic service in the Lincoln household in Springfield, Illinois, to attempt to answer these questions. In doing so this program aspires not only to establish a social and cultural context for the Lincolns’ experience but to flesh out the experiences of working-class women who are often on the margins or outright invisible to history.

Streaming: Looking for Lincoln’s Facebook Page and Looking for Lincoln’s YouTube Page

Carnegie’s Pipe Organ Legacy To Be Presented

Sangamon County Historical Society

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Andrew Carnegie’s pipe organ legacy will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21 at the City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public.

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday at the ALPLM

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is throwing a birthday party, and you’re invited! In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, museum admission will be free Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, the birthday boy himself will visit on both days, and we’ll celebrate Lincoln’s love of reading by collecting books for children during theLincoln’s4Lincoln Read-a-Thon.


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