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True Crime: Crooks, Gangs and Politicians

Program Number: 20587RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/26/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/25/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Price starting at: $795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Political Science
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Join others who share your fascination for real-life crimes and explore what it is that draws so many of us to the news when major crimes occur. With investigators, authors and crime-science professionals, study the science of deception and delve into true crimes that created sensational history. Review criminal cases from both serious and lighter perspectives and pay visits to the scenes of actual crimes for a little detective work of your own.




Highlights

• Meet and share discussions with authors of books based on actual crimes, including historian Taylor Pensoneau, author of “Brothers Notorious” about a legendary family of gangsters. Reenact their Kincaid bank hold-up at the original scene and visit the courthouse where their trial took place.
• Learn little-known facts about real-life cases, including the attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body from its tomb and a 1958 unsolved murder in Springfield.
• Laugh and cry at some infamous politicians (yes, from Illinois) who have abused their authority.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to eight blocks.




Date Specific Information

6-22-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.




Springfield (Illinois)

The capital city of Illinois, Springfield welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year, many of whom come to explore the historic sites connected to Abraham Lincoln, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, and Lincoln’s New Salem.



Accommodations
Conveniently located downtown hotel. Free parking. Free shuttle from airport or train station.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kathryn Harris

Kathryn Harris serves as library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, formerly the Illinois State Historical Library, in Springfield, Ill. She has served on various boards, including the Rolling Prairie Library System, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Abraham Lincoln Association. She has appeared on stage as “Sadie Delany” in local productions of “Having Our Say” and has portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" in the Union Theatre at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. In addition, she performs as “Harriet Tubman,” Underground Railroad conductor, for school and community groups. A native of Carbondale Illinois, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Urbana.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Hotel
  Springfield, IL 4 nights
 Hilton Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield
  Contact info: 700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html
  Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room if it is required as they are limited. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.
  Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights as available by contacting the hotel directly and mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights as available by contacting the hotel directly and mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 a.m. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Photo ID, such as driver's license, recommended.
  Parking availability:
Take a ticket at the garage entrance but disregard it after you check in. From the garage, go to the lobby level to check in at the front desk and get a parking pass. Show this pass to the attendant anytime you exit the garage for free parking all week.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Springfield, IL
  Nearest city or town:  From Springfield: St. Louis is 100 miles & Chicago is 200 miles
  Nearest highway: Interstate-55 N/S and Interstate-72 E/W
  Nearest airport:  Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Springfield, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Springfield, IL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-1530
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10-15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

The hotel provides a shuttle to and from the airport and is arranged with the front desk/bell stand. Guests need to call beforehand and tell a front desk/bell stand employee their schedule. The bell stand staff will pick them up in a Hilton van. There is always a bellman at the hotel from 7am to 11pm. Please call them with delays or cancellations to alert the hotel so they don’t send a bellman out to a guest who is not there.

 

Springfield, IL

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-1530
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 blocks

   

The hotel does provide a shuttle to and from the train station and is arranged with the front desk/bell stand. Guests need to call beforehand and tell a front desk/bell stand employee their schedule. The bell stand staff will pick them up in a Hilton van. There is always a bellman at the hotel from 7am to 11pm. Please call them with delays or cancellations to alert the hotel so they don’t send a bellman out to a guest who is not there.

 

St. Louis, MO

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BART Transportation
phone: 800-284-2278
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$58, each additional person $48
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

Available 24/7, must make arrangements 3 days in advance, 217-789-7920 local number. BART will notify you of the pickup time at the airport terminal and estimate the arrival time to accommodations a day or 2 prior to travel.

 

St. Louis, MO

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Smart Van
phone: 877-277-6278
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60, each additional person $35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour and thirty minutes 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

Hours: 24/7, must make arrangements 3 days in advance, local number 217-529-4806. You will be contacted with the pickup time and terminal location by Smart Van 1-2 days before travel.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 55 to the Hilton Springfield Hotel The Hilton Springfield is located in downtown Springfield, across the street from Prairie Capital Convention Center. From I-55 South and I-72 E/W, use exit 98B for Clear Lake Avenue and drive west to 9th Street and turn left. Drive south to Adams Street and turn right. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. From I-55 North: Take the 6th Street exit to Monroe Street in downtown Springfield. Turn right (east) and go two blocks to 8th Street and turn left. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. The hotel is 30 stories tall and distinctive in design and stands out among downtown buildings. If walking a distance with your luggage is an issue, pull into the circular drive in front of the hotel on Adams Street, unload your luggage and then park your car in the attached parking garage. The parking garage is around the block off of 7th Street or Monroe Street and you can get directions to it from the hotel staff.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, June 22)

Note: At the hotel.



   
 Arrive To: Check in hotel after 4pm.
 Dinner: At 5pm, meet for get-together welcome, introductions and dinner at 5:30pm followed by program overview, introductions of US crime history and an activity.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Theme: Gangsters Beyond Chicago
(Monday, June 23)

Note: Travel today by college vans.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel, starts serving at 6:30 am.
 Morning: Travel to Lincoln Land Community College for a lecture on, “The Shelton Gang, Black Charlie & Others from Southern Illinois,” presented by retired reporter and author Taylor Pensoneau and take part in a walk-through of the crime before traveling to Kincaid Illinois and the site of the Shelton Gang bank hold up.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at the Taylorville Public Library.
 Afternoon: Visit the Christian County Courthouse, the site of the Shelton Gang trial, with Taylor Pensoneau and a Christian County Deputy Sheriff. Travel to the Christian County Sheriff’s Department and visit with the Jail Administrator and tour of the jail. Return to Springfield for a drive-by of crime scenes and some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Program on, “How A Cop Thinks: Dissecting the Behaviors of a Law Enforcement Officer,” presented by Tara Walk, LLCC Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; and see a fully outfitted Illinois State Patrol Vehicle with ISP Trooper Jeremy Walk.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theme: Politics, Issues and Deception
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Spend the day in the downtown area.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel, starts serving at 6:30 am.
 Morning: Become familiar with some Illinois politicians in Taylor Pensoneau’s program, “The Shoe Box at the St. Nicholas, Governors and More.” Tour the Illinois Governor’s Mansion gardens and grounds with Harry Lewis, Horticulturist, and learn about his program “Working with Inmates.”
 Lunch: Catered lunch at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
 Afternoon: Learn about the Springfield “Race Riots of 1908” presented by Kathryn Harris, Library Services Director, with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Explore downtown historic sites related to Abraham Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, the State of Illinois and Race Riot Markers during free time.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: “Deception and Espionage,” a presentation by Dr. David Camp, Criminologist and Department Chair/Professor of Criminal Justice of Blackburn College.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Themes: Murder and More
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Spend the day in the downtown area.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel, starts serving at 6:30 am.
 Morning: “Facts and Perceptions” presented by Bruce Rushton, Illinois Times reporter specializing in investigative reporting, he covers government, law enforcement and courts. Presentation on the Springfield 1957 Hanselman murder case.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: “Death Investigations” presented by Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Deputy Coroner; and visit to the Hearing Room, Evidence Room and Morgue as permitted. Tour crime scenes as time allows.
 Dinner: Return to the hotel and dinner.
 Evening: “Local Crime: Historical Vignettes,” (including attempts to steal Abraham Lincoln's body) presented by Tara McClelland McAndrew, author and historical interpreter.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Theme: Popular Crime
(Thursday, June 26)

Note: At the hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel, starts serving at 6:30 am.
 Morning: Wrap-up discussions and Q&A. The program concludes at 10:30am and hotel checkout time is 11am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Springfield, IL 1908 Race Riot Self-Guided Tour
A tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker walking tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org
  Camp Butler National Cemetery
Camp Butler National Cemetery, once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, is now a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. Located NE of Springfield at 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707. Hours Office: Monday- Friday, 7:30am-4pm. Gates to cemetery open daily all year until sunset. Phone (217) 492-4070. Admission: Free. For additional information, visit www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/campbutler.asp
  Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Located NW of Springfield at 12828 Route 125, Pleasant Plains, IL. Hours: April 1 through October, Daily 10am - 4pm or by appointment. Groups over 10 by appointment only. Hours subject to change, please call in advance. Phone: (217) 481-4430. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: New Years Day, Easter Sun, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit http://clayville.org
  Dana-Thomas House
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. In 1902, local socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best prairie houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Located at 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703. Hours are subject to change. Please call (217) 782-6776 to confirm hours before you visit. Wed - Sun. 9am-4pm. Last tour begins at 3:50pm. Visitor Center is handicapped accessible. Gift shop on site. Suggested donation - $5 for adults. For additional information, visit www.dana-thomas.org
  Edwards Place
The oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield, Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the formal receiving parlor, music room, family dining room and the second floor bedrooms. The home is furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. Located at 700 N. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, tours on the hour between 11am and 2pm. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The Springfield Art Association, which owns Edwards Place is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and The Michael Victor II Art Library and the SAA gallery also are open 10-3pm on Saturday. Phone: (217) 523-2631. Admission: Donation suggested. For additional information, visit http://www.springfieldart.org/EdwardsPlace/tabid/530/Default.aspx
  Elijah Iles House
This is Springfield’s oldest home, built circa 1830s in Greek Revival style by city founder Elijah Iles. The house contains period furnishings and also houses the Springfield Museum with exhibits of local history. Located at 628 South Seventh, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Open Wednesday and Saturday, 12-4 PM. Closed November through March. Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Phone (217) 492-5929. Admission: Suggested donation - $3.00. For additional information, visit iles-house.blogspot.com/
  Executive Mansion
Home of the Illinois governor. Seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.) Located at 410 E. Jackson Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-11am. Phone (217) 782-6450. Days Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. For additional information, visit visit-springfieldillinois.com/Things-To-Do/Attractions/
  Illinois State Capitol
The first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free. For additional information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com
  Illinois State Military Museum
Preserving the heritage of the Illinois National Guard, the museum is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the military artifacts associated with the citizen-soldier of Illinois. The exhibit includes rare items such as the artificial leg of Mexican General Santa Anna, a target board shot at by President Lincoln, as well as vehicles, weapons, uniforms, equipment and photographs. The Citizen-Soldier exhibit features the military experiences of famous Illinois soldiers such as Carl Sandburg, Robert McCormick, John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln), Springfield, IL. Hours:Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4:30pm. Other times and groups by appointment. Phone (217) 761-3910. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday and Sunday. For additional information, visit www.springfield-il.com/attract/military.html
  Illinois State Museum
Permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free. For additional information, visit www.museum.state.il.us
  Lincoln Home National Historic Site
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/liho
  Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center
A woodland and prairie garden with more than five miles of trails lead you on a journey through the Illinois landscape Lincoln would have known. Depending on the season you visit, you could discover springtime dogwoods in full bloom, colorful prairie wildflowers of summer, burnished autumn leaves, or snow-covered maple trees bursting with sap. This great spot to stroll amidst nature is located on the shores of Lake Springfield and was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Be sure to visit the Garden's Nature Center and Split Rail Gift Shop. Located at 2301 E. Lake Dr., Springfield, IL 62712. Hours: Daily: Sunrise-Sunset. Nature Center: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm. Closed: Call or visit the website for Holiday closings. Phone (217) 529-1111. Admission: Free. For additional information, visit www.lincolnmemorialgarden
  Lincoln Tomb
This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm; Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm; Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org For additional information, visit www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
  Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Abraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago. Located 20 miles NW of Springfield at 15588 History Lane, Route 97, Petersburg, IL. Hours: September through April, Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm; May through August, daily 9am to 5pm. Phone: (217) 632-4000. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com For additional information, visit www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/new_salem.htm
  Lincoln-Herndon Law Office
Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the offices above Seth Tinsley’s store from 1843 until 1852. It was an ideal location for a rising young law firm - near the Capitol and Springfield’s finest hotel of the day and just above the local post office and Federal Courtroom. Stephen Logan (1843-44) and William Herndon(1844-52) were his partners during this time. This is the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices. Located at South Old State Capitol Plaza, 6th & Adams, Springfield, IL. Hours: 9am to 5pm.,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_herndon.htm
  Old State Capitol State Historic Site
“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. For additional information, visit www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm
  Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66! Thousands of visitors from around the globe travel America's Main Street each year to experience the legend of U.S. Route 66 and to discover the real America. On Illinois Route 66, one of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, you'll actually travel through the hometown neighborhoods, not around them…including a visit to the heart of Springfield, Illinois, home of two famous Route 66 landmarks, Shea's Gas Station Museum and the Cozy Dog Drive In. Springfield sits in the heart of Illinois' U.S. Route 66 and boasts some of America's favorite Route 66 icons. Mile for mile, you'll find more authentic Route 66 sites and attractions along the road in Illinois, from Chicago to St. Louis, than in any other Route 66 state. For additional information, visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/Route-66/
  Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum
The museum features the history and culture and the triumphs/tragedies of African-Americans living in the Springfield and Central Illinois area during the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at 521 E Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Phone: (217) 528-2725. Free admission, donations appreciated. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit http://spiaahfmuseum.org/
  Union Station and Union Square Park
Union Station and Union Square Park are located directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. On the heels of last year’s popular “Lincoln” movie by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and on loan from Dreamworks Studios, Springfield is excited to welcome, “Union Station – Lincoln: From History to Hollywood,” where you can see some of the sets, costumes and props used in the film. The park has gardens, walking paths, sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and a sculptured monument to commemorate the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. Located at 500 E. Madison, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours are subject to change, please call. Union Square Park is open from 8am to 10pm. daily. Phone (217) 557-4588. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org
  Vachel Lindsay Home
The 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist, this house remained Lindsay’s only home until his death there in 1931. The house was built in the late 1840s; an early owner was C.M. Smith, whose wife, Ann, was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were frequent visitors. The house was purchased in 1878 by Lindsay’s parents, Dr. Vachel Thomas and Catharine Frazee Lindsay, and remained in the Lindsay family for 80 years. Acquired by the State of Illinois in 1991, the home recently reopened after an extensive, state-funded restoration project. Located at 603 S. 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. Phone (217) 524-0901. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Presidents' Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.vachellindsay.org
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Suggested Reading List


Dapper and Deadly: The True Story of Black Charlie Harris


Author: Taylor Pensoneau


Description: Pensoneau leaves no stone unturned in a complete portrait of the man credited for the downfall of the Shelton's, the legendary gangster brothers from Southern Illinois. And using FBI files, he covers from start to finish the sensational double murder that landed Harris on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list before his conviction and imprisonment for the crime. Harris rose from an obscure farm boy to a holy terror in a lifetime of crime that made him a fixture as front page news. Paperback: 258 pages



A Knight of Another Sort – Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger


Author: Gary DeNeal


Description: In 1913 Charlie Birger began his career as a bootlegger, supplying southern Illinois with whiskey and beer. He was charismatic, with an easygoing manner and a cavalier generosity that made him popular. The stuff of legend, he was part monster, part Robin Hood. In the early days, he would emerge from his restaurant/saloon in tiny Ledford in Saline County with a cigar box full of coins and throw handfuls in the air for the children. Echoing the consensus on Birger, an anonymous gang member called him "enigmatic," noting that "he had a wonderful quality, a heart of gold. There in Harrisburg sometimes he'd support twelve or fifteen families, buy coal, groceries. . . . [But] he had cold eyes, a killer's eyes. He would kill you for something somebody else would punch you in the nose for." Hardcover: 376 pages



Brothers Notorious


Author: Taylor Pensoneau


Description: In “Brothers Notorious,” Pensoneau gives readers a long overdue book that traces the Shelton story from its unpretentious beginning in rural Wayne County to the headline-capturing violence at the tale's conclusion. Readers will find the book informative and entertaining, a resurrection of a dramatic era in Illinois history. Paperback: 310 pages



Murder in Little Egypt


Author: Darcy O’Brien,


Description: The unimaginable crime of filicide takes on the cast of tragic inevitability in this haunting true tale of violence, greed, revenge, and death. Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, Darcy O'Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois physician and surgeon who in December 1984 was charged with the murder of his son Sean. Outraged by the arrest of the skilled medical practitioner who selflessly attended to their needs, the people of Little Egypt rose to his defense. In the trial, however, a radically different, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness would emerge. Paperback: 352 pages



The Starved Rock Murders


Author: Steve Stout


Description: This book is a novelized account of one of the most famous historical events in North Central Illinois. Stout credits fellow Galesburg native and famous poet Carl Sandburg as his inspiration for his love of writing and appreciation of Illinois history. Stout says, “I was working at a newspaper in La Salle-Peru in the 1970s when I first heard details about the horrific crime back in 1960. Starting a personal investigation into the murders, I was surprised about how many locals did not believe the right man was convicted for the crime and was awed by the massive amount of publicity the crime received not only locally but around the entire nation. It was clearly the “O.J. Simpson” case of its day.” Paperback: 211 pages



The Devil In The White City


Author: Eric Larson


Description: Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. Paperback: 447 pages



True Crime, An American Anthology


Author: Edited by Harold Schechter


Description: If you like good writing as well as good stories, read the short works of 50 writers, ranging from Benjamin Franklin's "The Murder of a Daughter" to "The Eternal Blonde" by Damon Runyon, including dark deeds as reported by more recent names Gay Talese, Truman Capote, Ann Rule and Dominick Dunne. Hardback: 772 pages





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