Monthly Archives: January 2014


One of the great advantages of an online history is that we can summarize a topic, giving readers the essential story, while directing anyone who wants more information to additional online material. We encourage SangamonLink authors to employ links liberally, while … Continue reading

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Illustrations really are worth 10,000 words. Every SangamonLink author should be on the lookout for potential visual elements and include them whenever possible. Please provide captions for all  illustrations with your article. Captions must identify the original source of the illustration. … Continue reading

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The three prerequisites for an article are significance, sourcing and originality. 1) Significance: It helps if the person, event or phenomenon was mentioned in contemporaneous media (such as local histories or newspapers), although that’s not a requirement. What is a … Continue reading

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The basics

— We do not compensate Sangamon Link contributors. We do, however, give authors byline credit. — We prefer articles be written using Microsoft Word or a compatible program (i.e., Microsoft Works, Open Office) and emailed (as an attachment) to the project … Continue reading

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Dr. D.E. Webster

See NAACP Webster Plaque.

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NAACP Webster Plaque

The Springfield Branch of the NAACP annually awards its Webster Plaque to “a Black citizen of Springfield, who has contributed toward the uplifting of the Black race in any field of honest endeavor. …” The plaque recognizes Dr. D.E. Webster (1897-1973) and … Continue reading

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Jessie Palmer Weber

Jessie Palmer Weber was Illinois state librarian from 1898 until her death in 1926 and also helped organize and served as the first secretary of the Illinois State Historical Society. She also was involved in creating the Journal of the Illinois … Continue reading

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Destruction of the Lincoln Tomb sarcophagus

How did the marble sarcophagus that covered the coffin of Abraham Lincoln in the early years of the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site come to be broken?  Was it a workmen’s accident? Or was it done on purpose by souvenir … Continue reading

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