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“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

By Don Radebaugh — When Fleetwood Lindley died in 1963, he would officially go down in history as the last person to have looked upon the face of Abraham Lincoln, albeit the “viewing” came 36 years after Lincoln’s death. Lindley was among several other witnesses who “signed off” on the 16th President before he was buried for good in 1901. Lindley was 75 years old in January of 1963 when he was interviewed for the final time. “I was allowed…

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Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

By Don Radebaugh — Abraham Lincoln was largely self-taught, which makes his rise to the presidency of the United States that more incredible. Based on what we know, he had, all totaled, about a year or less of formal education, and that was all in “blab” schools during his boyhood years . They were blab schools because children would recite their lessons out loud. Writing utensils, paper, books and other essentials were scarce on the frontier so lessons were often…

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Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

By Don Radebaugh — As far as favorite holidays go, it’s hard to out-run Christmas; but Thanksgiving gives ole Saint Nick a run for the money every time. No commercial pressure to buy presents for people who don’t need anything. Just the amazing warmth of family and friends and the most delicious homemade meal on earth. For a history geek like me, it also doesn’t hurt that my favorite President, that would be Abraham Lincoln if you hadn’t noticed, officially…

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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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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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Lincoln’s early, impressionable years in Kentucky

Lincoln’s early, impressionable years in Kentucky

By Don Radebaugh — When I was 9 years old, I shut myself up in my room and cracked open a children’s biography on Abraham Lincoln. It was a fairly big book for a kid, and once I cleared the first chapter, I had no trouble at all staying with it. It intrigued me so much I didn’t come out of my room until I was finished. I never got over the experience, and I’ve been reading, studying Lincoln ever…

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