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Thanks Neil, for that excellent summary of Mary Lincoln's life. I write about Lincoln and the Civil War, and I strive to make my (9) Lincoln books both interesting and readable, just as your articles always are. Wm. Kolasinski

RE: The Backstory of Lincoln's Famous Armstrong Almanac Case, Brief & Trial. 

As a multi-credentialed Professional-level astrologer for 40+ years, I found this article to be totally fascinating! Your research (as usual) is impeccable! I am sharing this with my astrological friends. Anonymous Journal Comment [ENTIRE TECHNICAL COMMENT] 

Congratulations are in order, Dr. Gale. Your meticulously researched articles are clearly, concisely, and grammatically well written, in fascinating detail with pictures. I think this is the most informative Illinois history sites on the Internet. From one teacher to another, Thank You!  K.D.S. 

Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal™

Saving Illinois History, One Story at a Time.
The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal.™ was established on November 6, 2016. The Journal boasts over 5 MILLION readers of over 1,650 of my Illinois, Chicago, and Abraham Lincoln articles. Select from hundreds of antique, Illinois-related history books, documents and papers in searchable PDF format.

Visit "Gale's Lincoln Library.' Enjoy my research of 140 Defunct Illinois Amusement Parks with over 1,500 photographs, images, maps, and advertisements. My Journal allows anybody to add their comments anonymously if preferred, which adds to the article's topic for everybody.

Beginning in 2021, educators from around the state turned to Zoom Meetings to substitute for the classroom while Covid19 prevented in-person learning. Introducing my Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal™ to school districts statewide increased zoom participation for the yearly History Fair. It also provides a monitored safe zone offering factual articles.

The group hosts Junior and Senior High School (6th-12th grades) history and social studies classes with their teachers and educators. They use the subject matter for lesson plans and in preparation for Illinois' History Day and Chicago's Metro History Fair student projects. We've been told that 

The group is moderated and censored to keep our student body (13 years old+) safe with a stringent set of published posting and commenting policies. The group is focused on Illinois history and is rated [PG-13]. We have over 52K history-loving and respectful members.

Abraham Lincoln Forum™
As a Lincoln Scholar, I started my own Forum on Facebook in July 2020. 
The largest collection of 1893 World's Columbian Exposition antique searchable PDF books, documents, and research papers conveniently accessible online. Special attractions, special days at the Fair, and 3D-rendered movie tours are included.
NOT SORRY!  I can't let a good story go by without sharing and archiving it. You'll love the stuff I've been dishing up. 

The FREE daily statewide newspaper.
I've personally created unique designs and recreated vintage logoed products. We have over 100 styles of shirts in dozens of colors, and mugs and glasses are also a big hit. You'll be surprised at the selection of logos offered.
The Chicago Postcard Museum is a privately endowed, independent organization devoted to collecting and presenting Chicago history through rare, antique, vintage, and contemporary Chicago postcards. I've archived my collection of over 3,000 Chicago-only (no suburbs) rare, antique, vintage, contemporary and novelty postcards. Posted in the museum are the best-of-the-best, odd, and misprinted examples.