At 31, Lincoln Falls For Matilda, 18

By Michael Burlingame ALA Director Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies University of Illinois Springfield In 1840, thirty-one-year-old Abraham Lincoln became engaged to Mary Todd but later that year he broke the engagement in large part because he had fallen in love with Matilda Edwards, the beautiful, “very bright” eighteen-year-old cousin of Mary’s … Read more

Commemoration of 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Springfield Funeral

The 150th anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln was commemorated in Springfield on May 2 and 3, 2015. Thousands of people participated in the various events that included lectures and church services, lunch-eons and teas, school children visits and open houses, exhibits and receptions and encampments and a reenactment of the arrival of Lincoln’s … Read more

A Psalm To Our Martyred President Abraham Lincoln

Performed by Fred Morsell on February 12, 2015 I come before you this evening with much diffidence: the rarest gifts and the best eloquence might well be employed here and now, and yet fail of justice to the dignity and solemnity of this occasion, as well as the character of the illustrious deceased we tonight … Read more

Did Lincoln Dream He Died?

By Jonathan W. White Americans have been dreaming about Abraham Lincoln since at least 1861. In May of that year, a woman from Roches-ter, New York, sent a letter to Mary Todd Lincoln describing a dream that she’d had of the president towering over Washington, D.C., amid a tremendous thunderstorm. As the lightning flashed and … Read more

The Lincoln Ox Yoke at the University of Illinois

By John Hoffmann One of the most valued artifacts owned by the University of Illinois is an ox yoke–not an ordinary ox yoke but one believed to have been made by Abraham Lincoln himself. The traditional story of this yoke rests on brief references to it in 1875 and fuller accounts of it in 1900. … Read more

Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address

By Richard Brookhiser The first half of the Cooper Union Address was a response to a speech by Stephen Douglas. Campaigning for a fellow Democrat in Ohio in September 1859, Douglas had said, “our fathers, when they framed the government under which we live, under-stood this question just as well, and even better, than we … Read more

Thomas F. Schwartz – 2014 BANQUET SPEAKER

A familiar face will return to Spring-field for the 2014 Banquet. Dr. Tho-mas F. Schwartz will be the banquet speaker on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. His address is entitled, “Everything is darkness and doubt and discouragement”: Lincoln and the Election of 1864. [embeddoc url=”” download=”all”]