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Women's contributions to state's history featured
in latest Journal of Illinois History

[JAN. 14, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- A mystery surrounding a contemporary sketch of Abraham Lincoln and the roles of women in three specific areas of the state's history are featured in the latest issue of the Journal of Illinois History: Quarterly of the Illinois State Historical Library, a scholarly publication about the state's history.

"A Mystery Solved: Arthur Lumley's Sketch of Abraham Lincoln," written by Illinois State Historian Thomas F. Schwartz, Ph.D., provides for the first time an earlier date for a well-known series of photographs of the 16th president. Arthur Lumley was one of many artists employed by Harper's Weekly to cover the Civil War.

Lumley made a pencil sketch of Lincoln seated in a chair, and this drawing was purchased by the Illinois State Historical Library in 1941. The sketch has the inscription "Brady's May 16/61," and on the back it says, "This sketch of Lincoln was made from life, while he was waiting to have a photograph taken in Brady's Gallery Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC 1861. Arthur Lumley."

The sketch bears a striking resemblance to a series of images famed photographer Matthew Brady took of Lincoln that had been dated circa 1862 by prominent historians.

Lumley's sketch places Lincoln in the portrait studio at one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history, fully a year earlier than had previously been believed, and the calm pose he strikes in both the sketch and photograph seems to indicate the president wanted to project an air of calm and confidence to a country torn apart by strife.

 

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Other articles in the journal deal with the amazingly accurate portrayals of French colonial life in the Illinois country in author Mary Hartwell Catherwood's romance novels written in the mid- to late 1800s, the organized contributions to the U.S. effort in World War I made possible by the Illinois Woman's Committee, and the effort to educate all women that led to the 1853 founding of Shimer College in Mount Carroll.

The Journal of Illinois History is the foremost publication for readers who value documented research on the state's history and features articles, book reviews, essays and bibliographies that have been reviewed by some of the country's leading historians. The journal is published by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Illinois State Historical Library. Subscriptions are $18 per year for four issues. To obtain a sample copy, contact Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Publications Section, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701; or call (217) 524-6045.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
news release]

Life Sentence, No Parole

If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a kennel.

Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.  Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to them.  Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.

Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.

If you have a backyard dog, please, bring him or her inside.  They don't want much--just you.

A public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and helpinganimals.com

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