It is with great sadness that
we announce the death of Charles "Chuck" Bednar.
His mother, Juanita, was a driving force in the
purchase, restoration and early operations of Carl
Sandburg's birthplace cottage. Chuck
followed in her footsteps and was involved with
the Site and its support group over the years.
After returning to Galesburg in retirement, Chuck
served six years on the Board of Directors of the
Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and as
President (2011-2014). The impressive 9-foot
statue of Carl Sandburg centrally located in
Galesburg's downtown was realized due to Chuck's
visionary leadership. He had a great
knowledge of Sandburg and American history and
literature. Chuck will be deeply
Note: The photo below is from Stan's 91st
birthday last year taken by J. Michael Hobbs.
Shover, former board member of the Carl Sandburg
Historic Site Association. Stan was passionate
about all things Carl Sandburg. Much of the
success of the Penny Parades in the last decade
can be attributed to the seeds he sowed within the
Abingdon community to support the Sandburg State
Historic Site. Thank you Stan, for a life
Effective May 29, 2020 portions of Carl Sandburg
State Historic Site are open. The Sandburg Park
grounds, including Remembrance Rock, Quotation
Walk, and audio presentation at 88.7 FM are
available dawn to dusk daily. The Visitor's
Center, Sandburg Cottage, and Barn remain closed
to visitors. All activities at the Site remain
cancelled or postponed. Staff can be reached
between 1pm-5pm Thursday, Friday, and Sunday,
and 9:45am-5:00pm Saturday by calling (309)
342-2361, or between 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday-Sunday by calling (309) 927-3345.
Please observe social distancing when visiting
Questions about the new hours can be directed to
Services Specialist II Bryan Engelbrecht at
Bishop Hill State Historic Site by calling (309)
927-3345 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Site hours are
subject to change -------
Thanks to the work this past
Spring of the McFall Monument staff the site's
Quotation Walk stepping stones have all been
cleaned and raised! The project was funded
through the generous support of donors to the
Robert Ohlbach & the Helen "Tede" Verner Memorial
Second Sundays Sandburg
Songbag Concert Series Second Sundays of each month
Next Songbag Concert Sunday,
June 14, 2020 CANCELLED Due to
COVID-19 Precautions We hope to rescheduleTuras
in a future year. ____________________________________________________
Songbag Concert Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site Barn
Please note: 2:00pm (new start time)
The annual Penny Parade Fundraiser
will begin January 6, 2020 (Carl
Sandburg's birthday) and end on Thursday, April
2020 (Program starts
1:00am) following Galesburg's
Sandburg Days Festival, April 24-26, 2020. Pennies
collected by our Galesburg area students
be accepted. There will be a program
for the students representing their
schools at the Sandburg site.
We sincerely appreciate all of the
support we receive from our area schools!
on an awesome Penny Parade 2019!
started in 1961, the Association and IDNR
held the culmination of the annual Penny
Parade Fundraiser or April 25. Students
and the community turned in pennies and
other donations collected primarily at
area schools. Attendees, primarily
students, participated in a variety of
activities. Students from Silas Ward
Elementary School presented “The Wedding
Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom
Handle and Who Was in It.” Thank you to
all who contributed and came to this
Emcee Mike Panther, Musician Erin
Glasnovich, Student presentations from
several of the schools representing
Hedding (Abingdon), Gale, Galesburg
Christian, King, Nielson, Silas Willard,
and Steele! Thanks to all!!
The episode explores an
ongoing debate about which window Abraham Lincoln
used as an exit from Knox College’s Old Main; the
role played by Galesburg’s founders in the
Underground Railroad; the Boxcar People from
Mexico who worked on the rails and created a
community in the early twentieth century; the
early career of the inventor of modern advertising
Earnest Elmo Caulkins; current efforts to
revitalize downtown through local businesses and
culture; the creation of a recent community by
Congolese immigrants; and, of course, the life and
career of poet, historian, and journalist Carl
Programs are free and
open to the public. Seating is limited.
Featuring 8-year old Nakshatra Neeraja reciting "I
Am the People"
From Kuwait:First Prize for English Poem Recitation to 8-year
performing Carl Sandburg's "I Am the People". This
youtube video was shared with us by Nakshatra's
proud father. Thank you Dr. Binu! Thank you,
Nakshatra, for a wonderful performance! ENJOY!
Native Son, National
Treasure Endowment Campaign Carl Sandburg Historic
THANK YOU! With all of the
challenges facing museums and historic sites in
Illinois, it is time to redouble our efforts to
protect the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site and
the legacy of our native son and national
treasure. To accomplish this goal, the Carl
Sandburg Historic Site Association (CSHSA) was
chosen by the Galesburg Community Foundation
(GCF) to participate in an Endowment Match
Prior to the June 30, 2016 deadline
the CSHSA raised just over $12,000
toward an endowment to support the Historic Site
and the GCF has matched our efforts with the
$10,000 matching grant.
This is our initial
effort to start an endowment and we hope to see it
grow to a point where the interest from the
endowment will be significant enough to enrich the
Carl Sandburg Historic Site in the future.
Thank you, especially, to the Galesburg
Community Foundation for their efforts and support
for preserving the heritage and history of
ENDOWMENT TOTAL $31,302 (as of
Donations may be mailed to:
Sandburg Historic Site Association P.O. Box
585 Galesburg, IL 61402-0585
To send a
donation online use the following Donate button:
Thank you to our Knox County Master Gardeners!!
We are fortunate and
grateful that two of the Knox
County Master Gardeners, Sylviane
Stites and Jamie Yemm, are once
again helping us with the Site's
flower beds. Along with volunteers
and staff those two women are
teaching us about maintaining
the plantings that border the
Site's property and surround the
cottage where Carl Sandburg was
We would like to
take this opportunity to say
thank you to Jamie and Sylviane
and the other Knox County Master
Gardeners that have volunteered to
help at the Site. They have just
published a wonderful cookbook
From Our Community to Your Table.
It is available at numerous
locations in Galesburg, including
the Association's bookstore at the
Site for $15. Hope to see you in the
Master Naturalists establish Monarch Way
Station We're excited to
announce that the Knox County Master
Naturalists have recently established an
official Monarch Waystation on the
Southeast corner of the Carl Sandburg
State Historic Site Property. If you'd
like to know more about the Monarch
Waystation Program, please visit their
Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
P.O. Box 585 313 E. Third St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61402-0585
The Carl Sandburg
Historic Site Association is a
501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Donations and contributions are
tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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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 introduction to Carl Sandburg, his admiration
for Abraham Lincoln, and what he means to America.
$12.00 + $5.00 shipping & tax
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.
Special Events at the Carl Sandburg Visitors' Center
Songbag Concert Series 2020
A monthly concert series presented by the Carl
Sandburg Historic Site Association in the
"Barn" at Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, in an
intimate smoke-free 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 $5.00 donation is
greatly appreciated. All shows start at
4:00pm, normally on the Second Sunday of the
Hailing from Peoria, the group plays a wide
variety of Irish & Celtic music.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Andreas Kapsalis Influenced by a variety of ethnic folk traditions, flamenco, Americana, blues and rock and roll, Andreas plays music with both hands in his unique “10-finger tapping” technique.
Sunday, Aug 9, 2020
Dave Moore The award winning guitarist, accordionist, and harmonicist will play music inspired by country blues, and Mexican-American music.
Sunday, Sept 13, 2020
Joe & Vicki
The husband & wife duo will play their take on
traditional blues music.
Sunday, Oct 11, 2020
The Galesburg native, Sean Kistler, will entertain visitors as a one-man band.
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020
The acoustic power trio plays traditional and contemporary Celtic music as part of their sound.
We are grateful to Tom Foley who is coordinating the Songbag Concert
Series this year for the Association.
A donation of $5.00 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:
Suggest performers or get information about the Songbag Concert Series:
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.
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 on the CSHSA Website.
The Association meets at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the
Visitors' Center. Guests and interested visitors are always welcome.
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