Video Visits to Springfield

Hello from Springfield.  It is cold.  COLD.

I’m here as a member of the board of directors for the Abraham Lincoln Association who has been charged with organizing the annual ALA symposium, where scholars come to Springfield to discuss various aspects on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.  Between 2011 and 2015 the symposium will explore Lincoln’s presidency and the Civil War.

Today’s a day of meetings for me, followed by a keynote lecture on Lincoln and emancipation by James Oakes this evening delivered at the University of Illinois-Springfield,  a partner institution.  So I’d thought I’d link to some videos to give you a taste of the Springfield experience, starting with this wintertime tour of the Lincoln home:

There is more to the tour besides the living room.

So here’s a longer series of videos that offers a more complete view:

Ah, the joys of touring a famous home.

North of town is Oak Ridge Cemetery, where Lincoln is buried.   Here’s a rather chatty video of a visit there:

No, they don’t play gloomy music in the tomb.  This video has better lighting of the tomb’s interior:

Enjoy your visit!



5 thoughts on “Video Visits to Springfield

  1. Corey Meyer February 11, 2012 / 11:04 am

    I wish I had known about this sooner…I am only about 1 1/2 hours away up near Peoria…I would have come down and met you in person. Sounds like a great weekend. I have been to the museum only once and would love to get back soon. Plan on taking my two boys down this spring.

    Enjoy your weekend….

    • John Foskett February 12, 2012 / 12:10 pm

      Interesting. It’s baffling that this proposed section applies to the university level, given that other provisions which regulate or touch on course content (see ARS secs. 15-112 and 15-113) do not. I’m guessing that if this turkey takes flight it will get trimmed first. .

  2. John February 13, 2012 / 6:29 am

    How did you enjoy your visit to Texas last week to speak to the Fort Worth and Dallas Civil War Roundtables?

    • Brooks D. Simpson February 13, 2012 / 9:50 am

      I enjoyed it very much. More when I return from snowy Springfield.

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