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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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Have a seat in Lincoln’s chair…might as well…everyone else did

Have a seat in Lincoln’s chair…might as well…everyone else did

By Don Radebaugh — Good Friday turned out to be not all that good for Abraham Lincoln, unless being on the other side is better than living as we know it. Leading up to that fateful day, the stress of four years of Civil War…the price paid by three-quarter million mostly men who died…the strain was distinctly visible on Lincoln’s face on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Despite the pain and suffering that came with his first term — including…

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Welcome to Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery…enter “at night” at your own risk…a self-guided ghost tour

Welcome to Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery…enter “at night” at your own risk…a self-guided ghost tour

By Don Radebaugh — Ghost walk tours have become big attractions at historical sites across the country, especially in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fell during the three-day Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863. When the armies on both sides began leaving Gettysburg, they simply packed up what they could and marched off, leaving behind dead soldiers where they fell. The unfathomable job of dealing with the dead and wounded fell upon the locals. Rather than…

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How the Emancipation Proclamation restored my faith in humankind

How the Emancipation Proclamation restored my faith in humankind

By Don Radebaugh — I had to act fast if I wanted to see Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. I knew it was a rare day indeed when it was somewhere other than the National Archives in Washington D.C. But a few years back, the original document went on a three-city tour of the United States. It started out east, stopped at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan for a day and concluded in Phoenix. As it turned out, The Henry…

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Meet the parents of Abraham Lincoln

Meet the parents of Abraham Lincoln

By Don Radebaugh – Ever wonder where Abraham Lincoln got his amazing mind? Evidence suggests it came from the maternal side of the equation. Meet Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the parents of the 16th President. The image of Thomas is from an actual photo whereas the image of Nancy is an artist’s rendition of what she may have looked like. No photo of Nancy exists because she, at the age of 34, died on Oct. 5, 1818, before photography…

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“The day the music died”… remembering Buddy Holly

“The day the music died”… remembering Buddy Holly

By Don Radebaugh – It’s one of the most bizarre historical markers I’ve ever seen…giant eyeglasses mounted in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. But there’s no mistaking who they belong to. They are the iconic eyeglasses of Buddy Holly. They also mark the spot where on Feb. 3, 1959 a four-seat, single-engine Beachcraft Bonanza airplane fell from the sky and crashed into a frozen farm field in Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly and three others perished. According to singer, songwriter…

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Letters about Lincoln…here’s what his friends and neighbors are saying…

Letters about Lincoln…here’s what his friends and neighbors are saying…

By Don Radebaugh – One of the best ways to get to know Abraham Lincoln is through his friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Thanks to his third law partner, William Herndon, there are hundreds of personal accounts available regarding our 16th President, reminiscences that were collected by Herndon over a 27-year span (1865 – ’92) following Lincoln’s death. Herndon, in collaboration with Jesse Weiks, interviewed hundreds of people who, not only knew Lincoln as President, but old friends that…

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Lincoln home artifacts…national treasures, no charge

Lincoln home artifacts…national treasures, no charge

By Don Radebaugh – Abraham Lincoln’s home at 8th and Jackson Streets in Springfield, Illinois is truly one of the great artifacts in America, and thankfully, well preserved. Much in part thanks to Lincoln’s oldest son Robert Todd Lincoln, who sold the house to the state of Illinois for one dollar with two stipulations. Those two stipulations included a provision that the home would be kept in good repair always, and another that no one would ever be charged to…

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Faces in the window…

Faces in the window…

By Don Radebaugh – TOLEDO, Ohio – Some people say it’s a stretch to see it, but others say it’s crystal clear. I’m on the ‘crystal clear’ side who sees tiny little faces from one particular window. Some are staring out, while others faintly appear. I say ‘faintly’ to be careful not to oversell it, especially if you’re not with me. At any rate, the window is from the home of Abraham Lincoln located on Eighth Street at the corner…

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