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Springfield, Illinois - May 13-14, 2005
This Wrightslaw Boot Camp is sponsored by Illinois Federation of Families
Registration information may be obtained by calling Illinois Federation of Families (618) 658-2059 between 9 am and 5 pm.
Registration fee is $150.00 and includes continental breakfast and lunch and snacks for both days, two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, written by Pam and Pete Wright and a copy of the Illinois State regs.
CEU's and CPDU's are availalbe.
Twenty miles northwest of Springfield on Hwy-97, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site marks where the future president first came to live in this area in 1831. In this backwoods clearing he clerked in a store, volunteered for the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and failed in business before taking up legal studies and moving to Springfield to pursue his political career. Today the authentically re-created village features simple homes, workshops, a store and a tavern. The visitor center hosts a worthwhile exhibit on pioneer lifestyles (MarchOct daily 9am5pm; NovFeb daily 8am4pm). On summer weekends the park presents Abraham!, a musical that dramatizes Lincoln's New Salem years.
Pick up tickets at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center, at Eighth and Jackson in Springfield itself, for a narrated tour of the only house Lincoln ever owned, which he shared with his wife Mary from 1844 to 1861. Though tours are free (daily 8.30am5pm, though often later; tel 217/523-0222), you can expect to wait. Various displays and a brief film at the visitor center are good ways to pass time.
In the restored Greek Revival Old State Capitol, three blocks away at Sixth and Adams (MarchOct daily 9am5pm; NovFeb daily 9am4pm; free; Tel 217/785-7960), Lincoln attended at least 240 Supreme Court hearings, and proclaimed in 1858, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free." Objects, busts and papers relating to Lincoln and the Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, whom he debated in the 1858 US Senate election (Douglas won that election) and whom he defeated in the 1860 presidential election, can be found throughout the building. At the tastefully renovated Lincoln Depot on Tenth and Monroe (AprilAug daily 10am4pm; free), the newly elected president said goodbye to Springfield in February 1861 and boarded a train for his inauguration in Washington, DC (a slide show illustrates the twelve-day journey). The next time he returned was in his funeral train. Lincoln's Tomb stands in Oak Ridge Cemetery on the north side of town. The vault, adorned with busts and statuettes, is open to the public (MarchOct daily 9am5pm; NovFeb daily 9am4pm; free).
current Illinois State Capitol, in majestic limestone at Second and
Capitol, tour highlights include the chambers of the state Senate and
House of Representatives, in striking red and blue, respectively (MonFri
8am4pm; free; Tel 217/782-2099). The Illinois State Museum, on
Spring and Edwards, is crammed with natural history and Native American
and contemporary art exhibits, along with the interactive "At Home
in the Heartland" display tracing Illinois family life from 1700
to 1970 (MonSat 8.30am5pm, Sun noon5pm; free). The
DanaThomas House, 301 E Lawrence Ave, completed in 1904, survives
as the best-preserved and most completely furnished example of Frank
Lloyd Wright's early Prairie house, with more than four hundred pieces
of glasswork, original art and light fixtures (tours WedSun 9am4pm;
$3). Just north of town, Bill Shea proudly displays 50 years' worth
of road signs, gas pumps, and Route 66 memorabilia at Shea's Gas Station
Museum (TuesFri 9am4pm, Sat 9amnoon; free).
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