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Carl Sandburg

Photo courtesy of Carl Rosenquist

A bronze bust Carl Sandburg commissioned of himself has found a new home. It will be displayed in Galesburg at the community college named after the Pulitzer Prize winning writer.

1919 proved to be a violent year in the United States.  Race riots flared up across the country.  But today, those events seem lost to history. An Illinois-based author is shining a light on one of the riots, hoping it helps Americans avoid repeating past mistakes. 

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The Illinois Top 200 Project celebrates the state's bicentennial by allowing residents to vote on their favorites in a variety of categories. And the results show two of the state's top authors are from this region.

Carl Sandburg Biographer Honored

Apr 23, 2015
T.J. Carson

As part of this year's Sandburg Days festival in Galesburg, organizers honored a woman who wrote a biography of Carl Sandburg.  The celebration of her life was held in the art gallery at the community college that bears his name.

Ground Broken at Carl Sandburg Statue Site

Apr 22, 2015
T.J. Carson

The first step in the process to move the Carl Sandburg statue to its permanent home began on Wednesday.

Sandburg Statue’s Temporary Home

May 1, 2014

The nine-foot tall statue of Galesburg native Carl Sandburg is not yet installed at its final site in Galesburg.  But it can still be seen by the public.

Abingdon School Leads “Penny Parade”

Feb 17, 2012

Hedding Elementary School in Abingdon collected more pennies than any of the other seven Knox County schools that took part. The drive benefited the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site in Galesburg. The school raised over $635. The campaign raised a total of $1,901.

The annual drive takes it inspiration from a 1909 essay Sandburg wrote to honor the minting of the Lincoln penny. The essay was titled “Lincoln for Pennies.”

The students had just one week to collect the money. Fourth-grader Lukas Tinkham said, ”I just like, got the change out of my piggy bank.”