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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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Lincoln looks good in Christmas; 10 cool facts about the 16th President

Lincoln looks good in Christmas; 10 cool facts about the 16th President

Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered Presidents in American history, is well known across the globe for many things. From poverty to the presidency, the self-educated and self-taught lawyer is the author of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. His skill in steering the country through four-years of bloody Civil War, preserving the Union, and signing the 13th Amendment (freeing African-Americans forever in America) ranks right up there too. However, here are some much lesser known facts about…

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In search of Ann Rutledge…Lincoln’s first love? Fact or Fiction?

In search of Ann Rutledge…Lincoln’s first love? Fact or Fiction?

PETERSBURG, Ill. – It wasn’t like I stumbled upon a pot of gold, but it felt like it when, off in the distance, I saw a tattered American flag waving over a small clearing of farmland up on a hill between crops. As I crept closer, I could make out the silhouettes of small, tilted, weathered stones standing as well as they could after decades of duty. For years, I had been searching for the original gravesite of Ann Rutledge….

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World’s greatest Lincoln look-alike

World’s greatest Lincoln look-alike

Meet my very good friend John Eden, 82 years young. If you take the beard off Lincoln, there is no greater likeness on earth to Lincoln than Mr. Eden. It is striking as to how much they truly look alike. There’s more. Like me, John is a fan of Lincoln and is the curator/owner of the Lincoln Long 9 Museum in Athens, Illinois, a building that Lincoln frequented often as New Salem Postmaster, and later as an Illinois legislator. On…

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Lincoln delivers most famous 272 words in American history

Lincoln delivers most famous 272 words in American history

On this day, November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address in dedication to the new Gettysburg National Cemetery, on the same ground where more than 10,000 Americans died just four-and-a-half months earlier. The featured speaker was Senator Edward Everett. Lincoln was only invited as a polite afterthought, thinking he probably wouldn’t come anyway. Extremely ill at the time, Lincoln came and uttered the most famous 272 words in American history. Although photographers were there to capture the…

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