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Other Readings & Related Websites

Carl Sandburg's Wisdom Through Humor
by Walter G. Moss (pdf)

Obama, Sandburg and Lincoln
by Walter G. Moss (pdf)

An Essay: The Wisdom of Carl and Paula Sandburg
by Walter G. Moss (pdf)

Galesburg Railroad Museum

Read all the entries in the 2003 Sandburg Days Memoir-Writing Contest, or the 2002 ones, or the 2001 ones, or the winning entries in the 2000 contest.

Carl Sandburg Historic Site - articles from Galesburg Register-Mail (Nov 2007 - present)

Sandburg's Hometown, by Barbara Schock
Sandburg's Hometown

by Barbara Schock
Sandburg's Hometown - 2013-2014 Articles
Date Title
April 7, 2014 A Father's Face
March 31, 2014 Secret Societies
March 24, 2014 George A. Murdock, Merchant
March 10, 2014 Trade Cards
March 3, 2014 The Demorest Medal
February 24, 2014 Rip Van Winkle
February 17, 2014 Cabbage Soup
February 10, 2014 Lincoln's Birthday
February 3, 2014  The Colonel
January 27, 2014 The Lincoln Penny - A Little History
January 20, 2014 Walking to Work
January 13, 2014  A Small Abode
January 6, 2014 Birth of a Poet
December 30, 2013 Christmas 1880
December 23, 2013 Swedish Christmas
December 16, 2013 The Reporter Sees Santa
December 9, 2013 The Coming of Christmas
December 2, 2013 The Fire Boys Talk
November 25, 2013 Galesburg Will Feast on Turkeys and Cranberries - Thanksgiving 1893
November 18, 2013 Mary Sandburg Johnson
November 11, 2013 Carl Sandburg's Bicycle
November 4, 2013 Lace Curtains
October 28, 2013 The Front Room
October 21, 2013 A Warm Breakfast
October 14, 2013 Marion D. Shutter
October 7, 2013 Cigars and Consumption
September 30, 2013 Forrest F. Cooke & August Sandburg
September 16, 2013 Forrest F. Cooke
September 9, 2013 Dusty Streets
September 2, 2013 Typhoid Fever
August 26, 2013 Coffee and Water
August 19, 2013 A Horse! A Horse!
August 12, 2013 Gaddial Scott
August 5, 2013 The Racetrack
July 29, 2013 John Peter Algeld - Part II
July 22, 2013 John Peter Altgeld - Part I
July 15, 2013 Tramps, Tramps, Tramps
July 8, 2013 Lady Liberty
July 1, 2013 Galesburg's Fourth
June 24, 2013 John H. Finley
June 17, 2013 The World's Columbian Exhibition
June 10, 2013 Fruit Short-Cake
June 3, 2013 Horatio Alger, Author
May 27, 2013 Memorial Day, 1887
May 20, 2013 Professor Jon W. Grubb
May 13, 2013 Beginnings of Lombard University
May 6, 2013 Young Sandburg's View of Lombard College
April 29, 2013 Thinking
April 22, 2013 Robert Colville, Master Mechanic
April 15, 2013 Galesburg Opera House
April 8, 2013 Grocery Stores and Sample Rooms
April 1, 2013  A Hearty  Breakfast 
March 25, 2013  The Lost Wallpaper Legend 
March 18, 2013 Martin G. Sandburg
March 4, 2013 The Edison Talking Machine
February 25, 2013 Joe Elser, Civil War Veteran
February 18, 2013 Remember the Maine...
February 11, 2013 Lincoln's Birthday
February 4, 2013 Curiosity

but wait...there's more...online
Sandburg's Hometown (GalesburgPlanet.com)
Earlier articles by Barbara Schock published on GalesburgPlanet.com

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Sandburg Days Festival 2014
April 20-23, 2014

The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
P.O. Box 585
313 E. Third St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61402-0585

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Carl Sandburg Days Festival 2014
April 20-23, 2014

The Carl Sandburg Days Festival honors Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer, Carl Sandburg, and his family by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities.
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Next Songbag Concert
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00pm
at the Barn behind the Visitors Center & Cottage
Dan Zahl & Kate Moretti
Dan Zahl & Kate Moretti
Moretti and Zahn co-founded and directed the first Lake County Folk Festival, which ran for 13 years. Over the years Dan and Kate have performed as a duo throughout the Midwest entertaining with a mix of traditional folk, blues, country swing, and jazz. (Read more)
Songbag Concert Spring 2014 Schedule

Sandburg Days 2012
Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association is a
501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site has new Spring Hours
Thur         2:30pm - 5:00pm
Fri - Sun   9:00am - 5:00pm
Site hours are subject to change

Penny Parade 2014
January 6 - 31. 2014
Penny Parade Celebration, Friday, January 31, 2014

Activities planned for Elementary School student representatives.
Bring your pennies or other contributions to the
Carl Sandburg Historic Site by noon, Friday, January 31, 2014.

 Contributions may also be mailed to:
Penny Parade 2014
Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
PO Box 585
Galesburg, IL 61402-0585

 Carl Sandburg's Birthday - January 6, 1878.

Penny Parade 2014  -  $2,584.70
(as of 3/11/2014)
Penny Parade 2013  -  $3,134.36
Penny Parade 2012  -  $2,189.52

Thank you to all participating Galesburg, Knoxville & Abingdon schools!!
Hedding Grade School, Abingdon, once again topped all of our school donations for the third straight year by raising an amazing $823.65!! 

A special thanks to the contributions of Galesburg businesses and Q's Cafe for Walt & Annette's inside-out brownies!  And thank you to Cherry Street Restaurant who is donating 25% of their food sales from Tuesday, February 11.  The CSHSA Board members all enjoyed their meals prior to our February Board Meeting.

Penny Parade 2014 - Galesburg Register Mail - 2 Feb 2014

Helga Sandburg Crile

In Memoriam
Helga Sandburg Crile
On Sunday evening, January 26, 2014, Helga Sandburg Crile, died in Cleveland Heights, Ohio at the age of 95. Helga was the youngest of three daughters of Carl & Lilian Steichen Sandburg.


We invite you to click anywhere within this announcement and read the beautiful obituary penned by Helga's daughter, Paula Steichen Polega

The Day Carl Sandburg Died The Day Carl Sandburg Died
Produced and Directed by Paul Bonesteel
PBS �2012

Available on DVD @ $24.99 +shipping +tax

A Visit with Carl Sandburg, NBC, 1953 - DVDA Visit with Carl Sandburg (DVD)

New DVD available.
We have transferred a recently-acquired rare 16mm film of a 1953 interview with Carl Sandburg to DVD and are making copies available to the public. It's a perfect introdution to Carl Sandburg, his admiration for Abraham Lincoln, and what he means to America.

$15.00 + shipping & tax


Carl Sandburg's Birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois
The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, 331 E. Third St., Galesburg, Illinois, is open from 9am until 5pm on Thursdays through Sundays, April through November, and for special events such as festivals, meetings, concerts and lectures. Even when we are not open, you are welcome to browse in our garden or meditate at Remembrance Rock.

If you come by car or have an FM radio with you, tune to 88.7 and listen to a brief presentation about Carl Sandburg and the Historic Site. Three audio segments rotate: a short biography narrated by Rick Heath; a tribute to Carl Sandburg by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Sandburg's Grammy Award-winning narration of Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait." Enjoy them all.


The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site Spring 2014 Hours
Thu           2:30pm - 5:00pm
Fri - Sun    9:00am - 5:00 pm
Site hours are subject to change

Special Events at the Carl Sandburg Visitors' Center

Songbag Concert Series
Spring 2014
A monthly concert series presented by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association in the "Barn" at Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, in an intimate smoke, and alcohol, free environment, showcasing acoustic music in the traditional and folk style. 313 E 3rd Street, Galesburg IL, (309) 342-2361. The concerts are free and open to the public, however a $3.00 donation is greatly appreciated. All shows start at 7:00pm.
Date Performer

February 22, 2014


Turas means trip or journey in Gaelic.  This band�s journey is to bring traditional Irish music to central Illinois.  This is a journey of friends who gather to share songs, stories and a good time, what the Irish call craic.   The group plays a wide variety of Irish and Celtic music, from lively dance tunes to sentimental favorites.  (Read more)

March 29, 2014

Joe and Vicki Price

Award-winning rhythm and blues from Joe & Vicki Price of Lansing, Iowa.. Over their 27 years together they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and many other notable blues performers.  They won the Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010.  The couple was awarded an official showcase at the Far West Folk Alliance Music Conference 2011. (Read more).

April 26, 2014

Dan Zahn and Kate Moretti

Moretti and Zahn co-founded and directed the first Lake County Folk Festival, which ran for 13 years. Over the years Dan and Kate have performed as a duo throughout the Midwest entertaining with a mix of traditional folk, blues, country swing, and jazz. (Read more)

May 31, 2014

The Big River Reeltime Band

The Big River Reeltime Band, (previously The Quad City Ceili Band) has for a decade been entertaining fans with Irish traditional music and dance at festivals, dances and concerts throughout the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois  region. (Read more)

We are grateful to John Heasly who has coordinated the Songbag Concert Series for so many years for the Association.

A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested as the door (or gate) entry fee.  These door receipts go to the Songbag Concert performers to supplement a base amount paid by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association.  If you enjoy the concert, please be generous in support of our performers. 

Songbag Concert Series performers and refreshment costs are underwritten by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and its members at a cost of approximately $2,500 per year. If you would like to support the Songbag Concert Series, become a member of the Association, and/or feel free to make a donation to the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, PO Box 585, Galesburg, IL 61402-0585.

Contact the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association: A href=mailto:carl@sandburg.org>carl@sandburg.org
Suggest performers or get information about the Songbag Concert Series: heasly@frontiernet.net

Carl Sandburg Birthplace and Visitor Center


The home where poet and author Carl Sandburg was born and its adjacent grounds containing a park and garden are located at 331 East Third Street on the south side of Galesburg, Illinois. Click here for a map and access to directions.


Next door is the Visitor's Center. It contains a museum, a museum shop, a small theater where several informative videos about Carl Sandburg are shown and a renovated "barn" which is actually a small theatre with a few more exhibits and where live performances are often held. The museum contains hundreds of artifacts and modern colorful displays appropriate for all ages.

The Carl Sandburg Historic Site is supported by the State of Illinois and the nonprofit Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. The Association sponsors and participates in many activities throughout the year to honor and remember Carl Sandburg. These include the "Penny Parade" which brings schoolchildren to the site to have fun while learning about Galesburg's most famous son. The Association is a participating sponsor of the Sandburg Days Festival For The Mind held each April. It hosts the Songbag Concert Series of folk music concerts (and sometimes other genres) held inside the Visitor's Center "Barn" theatre in the fall, winter and spring. Details of upcoming concerts are also available at the site of the series' producer, John Heasly. The Association meets at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the Visitors' Center. Guests and interested visitors are always welcome.

The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association planned and funded a perennial garden and quotation walk in the back yard. The plantings are appropriate to Sandburg's era and surround Remembrance Rock, where the ashes of Carl Sandburg, his wife, Lilian, and two daughters, Margaret and Janet, are buried.

If you were looking for the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in North Carolina, please go to http://www.nps.gov/carl

This page was last updated on 3/13/2014.jrs

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