In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving celebration on the last Thursday in November to unite the country.
In August, Gavin and I spent a few hours in Springfield, Illinois savoring and following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, while we walked the streets viewing the sites back to the life and times of the Lincoln family.
In the above collage is a statue of Abraham Lincoln titled “The Greater Task” located in Union Station Square in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The base beneath the statue reads: “Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better, or equal hope, in the world?” The statue is located across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. The restored Union Station is in the background.
Most of the Lincoln sites fan out along an easy-to-navigate grid in Springfield’s modest downtown. We walked the quiet, well kept streets to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to view the Lincoln name on the front door of the restored home. There were tour guides in Vintage attire and the streets in front of the home were maintained as gravel pavement.
We found Springfield very quaint. People were friendly, life seemed easy going and a city we could see visiting again, perhaps sitting longer at the local coffee shop or park for Gavin to write.
The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices sit across the square from the Old State Capitol.The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876.
Here is a photo of the present State Capitol. The outside appearance was stunning.
When we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, November 22, 2012, we honor a piece of early American history. The story of the Pilgrims and Native Americans serve as a good reminder for all of us to be thankful for what we have … no matter how much or how little.
Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States of America quote:
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right.“
Happy Thanksgiving to all …