Independence Day in the 1830s?

Independence Day in the 1830s?

LINCOLN'S NEW SALEM STATE HISTORIC SITE WILL BE OPEN ON JULY 4, 2016! Ever wonder how the folks of New Salem celebrated Independence Day?  The 4th of July was a major holiday for our 19th century ancestors!  While this account from Domestic Manners of the Americans by Mrs. Frances Trollope(1832) tells us how the holiday was celebrated in a larger city than New Sal ....

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World Wide Knit in Public Day? Knitting at Lincoln’s New Salem June 18, 2016

Summer at Lincoln's New Salem is a very busy time!   But Saturday, June 18 will be even busier than usual!   That's the day of this year's Summer Festival and for the FIRST TIME, this year the historic site will be a host site for World Wide Knit in Public Day!   Everybody is welcome to come and join in the knitting fun! Of course, knitting in the 1830s was not a ....

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Theatre at Lincoln’s New Salem?

Theatre at Lincoln’s New Salem?

The theater season started at Lincoln's New Salem last weekend with "Mrs. Lincoln Fights Back."  Because of the early start and because April weather can be so unpredictable, all three performances were scheduled for the indoor theatre.  And, the next show on the schedule ("The Last Five Years") will also be performed indoors.  But starting in late May, the show moves ....

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GREEN UP

GREEN UP

"Green-up" is a phrase Lincoln surely would have recognized.  It describes early spring, when green first begins to appear in the fields and trees.  Although green-up is not as lovely as full-blown spring, after a long, dark winter spent in a log house, it would have been a boost to the spirits!  Even today, we celebrate the coming of spring but for the residents o ....

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Lincoln was a bartender?

Lincoln was a bartender?

According to a posting on MSN.com, a little know presidential fact is "Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. He was the part owner of a saloon in Springfield, Illinois, called Berry and Lincoln."  Now millions of people will probably see this "fact"  and believe it because - hey- they've read it on the internet.  However, was Lincoln ever a bartender?  Nope, n ....

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Born in 1809

Born in 1809

1809 BIRTHDAYS? There’s no question that many, many people are born each and every year.  So, the odds of more than one important person being born in a given year are pretty good.   1809 is no exception. According to an internet search, Abraham Lincoln shared his birth year with Louis Braille (who invented the reading/writing system used by the blind), explorer ....

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