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Lincoln’s Birthday and Nancy Hanks

Lincoln’s Birthday and Nancy Hanks

In honor of Lincoln’s Birthday, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. After all, without Nancy Hanks, we wouldn't be celebrating Lincoln's Birthday! I was first introduced to this poem in junior high school. While I don’t remember whether or not we were required to memorize it, I do know that, many decades later, I still ....

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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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