Kansas-Nebraska Act lures Lincoln back into politics

Kansas-Nebraska Act lures Lincoln back into politics

By Don Radebaugh — Part of the mystery in history is how often events hinge on a dime. If this or that happens, or it doesn’t, then history flows in an entirely different direction. If I could only choose a handful of events that had the greatest effect on American history, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 would rank right up there. To cut to the chase, if not for the aforementioned legislation, Abraham Lincoln would never have become the 16th…

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Lawyer Lincoln…the man in white? Armstrong on trial for murder

Lawyer Lincoln…the man in white? Armstrong on trial for murder

By Don Radebaugh — It’s a rare thing indeed when Abraham Lincoln was photographed in anything but mostly black clothing…his 3-piece black suit would become his signature as President. However, one such photo shows Lincoln dressed in mostly white from bottom to top. So why did Lincoln opt for all white clothes for this particular photo op? There’s arguably a good answer to that question, and it lies ahead. Lincoln the lawyer ultimately left his mark all over the world…

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Lincoln rocks the campus at Knox College…have a seat

Lincoln rocks the campus at Knox College…have a seat

By Don Radebaugh — It’s not often that I get to sit in a chair that Abraham Lincoln sat in; in fact, come to think of it, this would be a first for me. I did my best to capture the moment, but with just a few seconds to work with, I needed the photo to stop time. It was surreal for me, hence the goofy look on my face; but man oh man was it powerful for a history…

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From boyhood to manhood, check out Lincoln’s Indiana roots

From boyhood to manhood, check out Lincoln’s Indiana roots

By Don Radebaugh — My annual late summer pilgrimage into the Land O Lincoln is something I look forward to year round. Coming from Ohio, I go through Indiana to get there…there being Illinois where the 16th President spent more of his life than anywhere else, from 1830 to 1861. Always eager to get there, I tend to blow right through Indiana, at times forgetting just how important the Hoosier state was in the creation of his incredible mind. In…

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Welcome to Lincoln’s first and long lost homestead in Illinois

Welcome to Lincoln’s first and long lost homestead in Illinois

By Don Radebaugh — There isn’t much activity at the ole Lincoln Trail Homestead State Memorial (LTHSM) park these days. It’s all but abandon; at least it sure seems like it. With Illinois funding for state parks on the back burner in a state that’s already financially broke, I’m not sure our 16th President would approve of the current state of affairs in his beloved Illinois. What was once a bustling state park is now overgrown, rundown and unkept, unfortunately….

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To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

By Don Radebaugh — It’s too bad we couldn’t have the high school experience later in life…say in our 40s or 50s, when we could appreciate it all the more. By then, we’re past most of our insecurities and we have grown to be comfortable in our own skin. We don’t even try to fit in anymore because we don’t care about what he or she thinks about us…we’re past all that nonsense. We are who we are, and we’re…

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Father Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe forever linked

Father Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe forever linked

By Don Radebaugh — When I was 10 years old, I shut myself up in my room and read a children’s biography on Abraham Lincoln. I never got over it, and I’ve been fascinated with America’s 16th President ever since. Something similar happened to Norma Jeane Baker — AKA Marilyn Monroe — along the way too. And it happened well before millions came to adore her on the Silver Screen. As it turns out, the Hollywood superstar was way more…

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Here’s to you Sullivan Ballou…

Here’s to you Sullivan Ballou…

On this day, July 14, 1861, on the eve of the first major Civil War engagement, the First Battle of Bull Run, Sullivan Ballou, from Camp Clark, Washington D.C., wrote home to his wife in Smithfield, Rhode Island. How beautifully and compelling he wrote…I wish we still communicated this way. My very dear Sarah:  The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days — perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I…

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Sylvania, Ohio bids good riddance to “Pretty Boy” Floyd

Sylvania, Ohio bids good riddance to “Pretty Boy” Floyd

By Don Radebaugh — Downtown Sylvania, Ohio is all of two blocks. Blink twice and you might miss it; but if you stop long enough to look and listen, you’ll discover a treasure trove of off-the-charts true stories that’ll keep you coming back for more. And some will literally send shivers down your spine, like the murder on Main Street in 1857 (future story at HistoryMysteryMan.com). But this story starts at The Farmers and Merchants Bank (cover photo) on the…

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The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

By Don Radebaugh — It’s a pretty nice rock, as far as rocks go. And to a geologist, I’m certain it would tell an interesting story; but none more interesting than the story that sits behind it. If you look beyond the rock (cover photo), you can see a white house among the trees, a house that holds more history than most could imagine. On one hand, the rock literally serves as a marker for where the house used to…

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