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!