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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 [nineLincoln books both interesting and readable, just as your articles always are. Wm. Kolasinski  [Books at  

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 colleagues and astrological friends. Anonymous Journal 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. 

Such great information! I really enjoy your articles. They are like a master's course on Illinois history. J. McCarron

Fantastic comprehensive writing and excellent photographs on Indian Boundary Park, Dr. Gale! I have been walking the grounds, enjoying the pond, trees and birds since 1979. I started taking my children there in 1982, and now my grandchildren enjoy it! It is my sanctuary in the city! Thank you!  S.M.D.

The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal.™ was established on November 6, 2016. The Journal boasts over 6.5 Million readers of over 2,000 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 COVID-19 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. The subject matter is used to create lesson plans.  

The group is moderated and censored to keep our student body (13+ years old) safe with a stringent set of 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™
I started the Abraham Lincoln Forum™ on Facebook in July 2020 as a Lincoln scholar. 
The largest collection of antique 1893 World's Columbian Exposition searchable PDF books, documents, and research papers is conveniently accessible online. Special attractions, special days at the Fair.
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. 

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.
Founded in 2007, the Chicago Postcard Museum is a private organization dedicated to collecting and showcasing postcards from Chicago's rich past. With a vast collection of over 3,500 postcards, ranging from rare and antique to vintage and contemporary, the museum aims to preserve and share the city's history through these unique artifacts.

A Must-See: The "Hold-To-Light" Postcard CollectionOne of the museum's most impressive collections is the "Hold-To-Light" postcards, which are truly breathtaking. These postcards feature clever designs that allow light to pass through specific parts of the image, illuminating windows, streetlights, and other details in a beautiful and captivating way. When held up to a light source, the postcards come alive, revealing hidden details and adding an extra layer of magic to the collection.
Overall, the Chicago Postcard Museum is a must-view for anyone interested in Chicago's history or postcards. With its vast and diverse collection, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the city's past and present.