Stories

Looking for Lincoln Stories is a video and podcast series about the people, events, and places of Abraham Lincoln's life and times. These narratives of real-live events paint a picture of the vibrant history of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Some stories have only audio/podcasts, and others stories have an additional full video.

Susan Richardson: A Story of Slavery to Freedom in Illinois

July 25, 2022

In this episode, you will learn about a young freedom seekers harrowing flight from southern Illinois to Knox County, Illinois, and the twists and turns on her journey to self-emancipation. Assisted by abolitionists and anti-slavery activists, Susan’s story highlights that even though Illinois was a free state, aspects of slavery still existed within its borders. The episode was written by David Blanchette, directed by Heather Feezor, and edited by Steven Varble. Narration provided by Paris Ervin Doyle. This episode is funded inpart by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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This episode is funded in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Music by Mike Anderson and Royce Jones www.dulcimerguy.com Lincoln and Liberty-Rosin the Bow, The Minstrel Boy, McPherson’s Lament Sounds supplied by www.freesound.org by the following creators under various creative commons licenses: Rowdy Crowd: xtrgamr; Gavel: zerolagtime; Outdoor Festival: kyles; Horse Gate/Mud: Canukfa; Civil War Music: adeluc4; Crowd Reactions: Craigsmith; Crying: Robinhood765; Child Laugh: sergequadrado; Man Yelling: trp; Smashing Glass: abominablemusic; Bottle Smash: fliegermatze; Arkansas Traveler: ecfike; Rooster: derjuli; Rooster/Chickens: globofonia; Kids Fighting: soundsexciting; Crickets: gb01; Owl: andrewjonesfoto; Steamboat:1-pull; Horse Carriage: urkki69; AngryMob: unchaz; Gunshot: michorvath; AngryMob: bevibeldesign; Prison Door: ylearkisto; Fire Burning: foleyhaven; Guitar: stixthule; Mumbling: so0rec; Crowd: samuelgremaud; Laughter: drotzruhn; Sonata Piano: shadydave; Drunken Party: robinhood76; Crowd: craigsmith; Child Laughing: sergequadrado

New Philadelphia: An African American Community on the Illinois Frontier

July 25, 2022

“Free” Frank McWorter was a man with ambition, dedication, guts and a burning desire for freedom for himself and others. He was the first African American in the nation to plat and legally registered a town. Learn how “Free” Frank established an integrated community on the Illinois prairie and bought the freedom of more than a dozen people from slavery. The episode was written by David Blanchette, directed by Heather Feezor, and edited by Steven Varble. Narration provided by, Springfield Illinois Actor, Kevin Ford. This episode is funded in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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This episode is funded in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Music by Mike Anderson and Royce Jones www.dulcimerguy.com Mississippi Sawyer, Lincoln and Liberty-Rosin the Bow, Soldier Joy, The Minstrel Boy, Shortnin Bread, Sounds supplied by www.freesound.org by the following creators under various creative commons licenses: Chirping Birds: ifartinurgeneraldirection; Laughing: richwise; Pick Axe: guyburns; Child Laughing: obxjohn; Arkansas Traveler: ecfike; Crowd: craigsmith; Horse Carriage: urkki69; Hammering; wim; Crowd: klankbeeld; Anvil; arnaud-coutancier; Laughing: Richwise; Church Bell: 16f-panska-veltrusky-david; Children Playing: piermic; Train: FunWithSound; Chickens Flapping: mrrap4food; Dog Bark: juan-merie-venter

The 1875 Emancipation Celebration: A Grand Old-Style Barbeque in Atlanta, Illinois

July 20, 2022

Learn about the events and efforts of a small group of African American citizens from Atlanta, Illinois, who hosted an area-wide BBQ celebration at their local fairgrounds. The event noted the 12th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to the enslaved people of the United States. The episode was written by David Blanchette, directed by Heather Feezor, and edited by Steven Varble.

Narration was provided by Springfield Illinois actor, Reggie Guyton. This episode is funded inpart by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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This episode is funded in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Music by Chris Vallillo www.chrisvallillo.com Ragtime Annie, Picayune Butler, Golden Slippers Music by Mike Anderson and Royce Jones www.dulcimerguy.com Lincoln and Liberty-Rosin the Bow.  Sounds supplied by www.freesound.org by the following creators under various creative commons licenses: Cannon Blast: kyles; Train: FunWithSound; Outdoor Crowd: Kneeling; Civil War Music: adeluc4; Horse Gate/Mud: Canukfa; Horse Whinny: InspectorJ; Crowd Reactions: Craigsmith; Laughing: Richwise; Arkansas Traveler: ecfike; Crowd People: klankbeeld; Hammering: WIM; Audience Clap/Yell: klankbeeld; Marching Band: flathill; CrowdCheer: DeletedUser; Cheerful Clapping: qubodup

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