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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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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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