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April showers and Lincoln’s life

April showers and Lincoln’s life

April at Lincoln's New Salem is a month of springtime as the trees and pastures "green-up" and the wild flowers burst into bloom. April is fresh and exciting. Even spring rains are welcomed as everybody knows that April showers bring May flowers. But did you know that April also brought Lincoln to New Salem? It's true! Lincoln's cousin Dennis Hanks, tells us th ....

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CANDLELIGHT  More than a simple flame

CANDLELIGHT More than a simple flame

The most popular event on the calendar at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic site is, without a doubt, the annual Candlelight Tour!  Every year literally thousands of people flock to the little village the first full weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) of October to get a glimpse of how the village looked after dark! Many modern visitors have never experienced life ....

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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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