April 30 Fundraiser planned for Lincoln funeral re-creation

On April 30th, Enos Park and Springfield Art Association hosted a special program, “The Spirit of Lincoln”, at Ed-wards Place. The event was the first fundraiser for the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition. The Coalition is organizing the re-enactment of Lincoln’s funeral on May 3rd, 2015. The procession will come from the downtown area north on 4th Street, past Edwards Place, and then west under the railroad overpass on Dodge to 3rd Street. It will then head north past Gehrmann Park to the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Enos Park will play an important part in the event. Check out the Coalition website at http://lincolnfuneraltrain.org/.


by Chris Dettro, The State Journal-Register
Posted Apr 03, 2013

Denny Hastert, former Speaker of the House, being interviewed by media at 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition press conference. Photo by Dianne Combs.
Denny Hastert, former Speaker of the House, being interviewed by media at 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition press conference. Photo by Dianne Combs.

The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, which consists of more than 70 groups and individuals, is hosting the fundraiser at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St., with a suggested tax-deductible donation of $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. Supporters donating $100 will receive one of five historic prints from Lincoln’s life painted by Springfield artist Doyle Collins. Those who donate $300 or more will get all five prints.

Special guest at the event is former speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, who also attended Wednesday’s press conference. “We have the opportunity here in Springfield to remember his (Lincoln’s) legacy once again,” Hastert said.

Guests at the fundraiser, which begins promptly at 7 p.m. with music from the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment band, will be able to meet and discuss issues of the day with Lincoln’s friends and associates as portrayed by historians and Civil War enthusiasts. Fritz Klein will be on hand as President Lincoln.

The coalition’s goal is to educate, coordinate and promote the accurate and dignified re-enactment of Lincoln’s funeral procession.

Read the full story at SJ-R.com…


Registrations are due April 15 to attend the event. Download the Spirit of Lincoln Fundraiser registration form…

Thomas Houghan’s Secret Past: An Early Springfield Scandal at Springfield Art Association

Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 pm
Hosted in conjunction with the Sangamon County Historical Society
Free Admission

Before Edwards Place was Edwards Place it was Houghan’s House, where prominent local physician Thomas Houghan lived with his wife and stepson from 1833-1843. But Thomas Houghan was concealing a scandalous secret… one that would erupt in the 1860s, affecting the lives of dozens of Springfield’s most prominent citizens. New research at the National Archives in Chicago has turned up intriguing twists and turns in this lurid tale. Attend this talk in the SAA Gallery to find out more about this salacious story of early Springfield!