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City Council Notes Shared with Lincoln Funeral Group

City Council Notes Shared with Lincoln Funeral Group

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Because the pages of history can be made into a computer file, the city of Springfield is sharing documents of 1865 city council actions with the group organizing the 150th anniversary commemoration of President Lincoln’s funeral.

“The digitization of these documents was done as a partnership with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Presidential Library,” said Rianne Hawkins, Springfield’s deputy city clerk.

The actions appropriate $20,000 (perhaps $500,000 in today’s dollars) to help pay for the funeral; set out 218 acres of Oak Ridge Cemetery for Lincoln’s burial; provide for lodging for the people escorting Lincoln’s body to Springfield; and regulate permits for food and souvenir vendors for the funeral.

Organizers say about 75,000 people were on hand for the ceremonies, which will be recreated May 2-3 of next year.

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