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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
January 26, 2015 The Silver Dollar
January 19, 2015 The Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railway
January 12, 2015 The Four Corners
December 22, 2014 Swedish Christmas
December 8, 2014 Christmas 1878
December 1, 2014 Bunker Boots & Shoes
November 24, 2014 Galesburg, Illinois
November 17, 2014 It was Buffalo Bill's Day
November 10, 2014 The Election of 1896 (A follow-up story)
November 3, 2014 The Election of 1896 (continued)
October 27, 2014 The Election of 1896
October  24, 2014 The Rissywarn
October 20, 2014 The Parlor Stove
October 13, 2014 Ashes to Ashes
October 6, 2014 Jesse James
Sept. 29, 2014 Lester T. Stone, Public Servant
Sept. 22, 2014 It's Who You Know
Sept 15, 2014 Mother of the Illinois Flag
September 8, 2014 The Scissors Grinder
September 1, 2014 Baseball
August 25, 2014 Howard K. Knowles, Capitalist
August 18, 2014  Alcoholic Beverages
August 11, 2014 Soda Water
August 4, 2014 Sweet Corn
July 28, 2014 Marching Through Georgia
July 21, 2014 The Knox County Fair
July 14, 2014 The Panic of 1893
July 7, 2014 The Rev. T. N. Hasselquist
June 30, 2014 The Knox County Courthouse
June 23, 2014 The Family Photograph Album
June 16, 2014 Parades
June 9, 2014 Lingonberries
June 2, 2014 Where We Live
May 26, 2014 Old Main
May 19, 2014 Rhythms of the Railroad
May 12, 2014 Spring Tonic
May 5, 2014 The Milkmen
April 28, 2014 Gray's "Elegy..."
April 21, 2014 Off to War
April 14, 2014 Swedish Easter
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

Sandburg Days Logo
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.

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

Penelope Niven, 1939-2014

In Memoriam
Penelope Niven

Penelope Niven, 75, acclaimed biographer of
Carl Sandburg dies in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
 Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association

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.

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
New Winter 2014 Hours

Thursday     9:00am - 4:30 pm
 Fri- Sat        9:00am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday   12:00pm - 4:00 pm

Site hours are subject to change



Songbag Fall 2014 - Poster Schedule
Next Songbag Concert TBA
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00pm
at the Barn behind the Visitors Center & Cottage

Songbag Concert Spring 2015 Schedule - TBA

Songbag Concert Fall 2014 Schedule

Thank you to our Knox County Master Gardeners!!
From our Garden to Yours - New Book 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 born.

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 garden.


Annual Penny Parade Fundraiser

Penny Parade 2015 - April 2015

Penny Parade 2014
Penny Parade 2013
Penny Parade 2012


Hedding Grade School (Abingdon, IL) recognition by Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, May 20, 2014
Aired on WQPT, May 22, 2014 - Fran Riley.


 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.

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 + $5.00 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.


Special Events at the Carl Sandburg Visitors' Center

Songbag Concert Series - Fall 2014
Songbag Concert Series
Fall 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 Performers

August 30, 2014


Roundstone Buskers
Roundstone Buskers


Roundstone Buskers are Tom Jones, Bruce Burton and Shannan Sullivan.  Originally formed in 2001, and named after Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the "Buskers" consisted of Shannan Sullivan (fiddle), Tom Jones bodhran/percussion/whistles) & Tom Grafton (guitar/ hammer dulcimer). The original trio played through 2003, released a successful self-titled CD and eventually disbanded yet remained good friends.

Later that year, Shannan and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bruce Burton started a duo simply named SullivanBurton. They played through 2007 and released the CD, �Monkey Bars� which won praise from Dirty Linen magazine.  In 2007, Tom Jones joined Bruce and Shannan and the three restarted the Roundstone Buskers.

"The Buskers" have not looked back since regaining their name becoming somewhat of an acoustic power trio claiming traditional and contemporary celtic as part of their sound. They have been called "cheeky", "punxy" and "on point" and they are fine with that.

They all sing, they all play, but most importantly.....they all listen.


September 27, 2014


Dave Moore press photo

Dave Moore



Dave Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa.  Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica he has become somewhat of a legend. 

In 1980 Dave teamed up with local songwriter Greg Brown who was just beginning to develop a national reputation.  For the next few years Dave backed up Brown on recording projects, extensive tours and several appearances on Garrison Keillor's popular A Prairie Home Companion on NPR.

In 1984 at a little folk festival, Dave won a contest whose prize was free recording time in a studio.  He took the oppurtunity to record Jukejoints and Cantinas, an album that brilliantly pulled together all of the American roots influences that had been stewing in him for years.  He passed its 14 sizzling blues and Conjunto tracks on to Bob Feldman of Red House Records, who enthusiastically offered to put it out.

In 1986 Garrison Keillor invited Dave to perform on A Prairie Home Companion and after frequent appearances, he became the show's band leader on tours to Alaska and Hawaii.  A year or two earlier he had quietly started writing his own song and in 1990 he released Over My Shoulder, an 11-song collection that has become a cult classic.

October 25, 2014


Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern


Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School is one folk musician's effort to document, honor and share a collection of folk songs and personal history with them through research, essays, and performance.


Keith Reins, the son of a former big band saxophonist, began his musical life at the age of five with piano lessons.  In junior high and high school, following in his father�s footsteps, he began playing clarinet and saxophone in concert and jazz band.  At fourteen, he started playing professionally at country clubs and dance halls with his father and older brother.

After a brief flirtation with rock�n'roll piano in high school, Keith started hugging guitars and quickly became obsessed with traditional music.  At various times throughout the last four decades or so he has played bluegrass, old time, classic country, country blues, all manner of American folk songs and most recently, traditional Irish music.  The eclectic, improvisational nature of Irish guitar accompaniment allows Keith to synthesize all of his diverse musical influences.  He is now one of the top Irish-style guitarists in the region.

Tara McGovern, a fiddler from the age of 3, blends her Irish roots with her classical and jazz training from The University of Iowa.  Tara�s mother, Carmel, is a fiddler from Swanlinbar, County Cavan, Ireland and her paternal great-grandfather, Homer Rayburn, was a bluegrass and old time fiddler.

In addition to performing and parenting their two sons with her husband and bandmate Joe Dutcher, Tara runs the McGovern Music Studio, located in the West Music Conservatory in Coralville.

November 29, 2014

The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso 


Small Potatoes



Nineteen years ago, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, the Chicago-area duo known as Small Potatoes, decided to hit the road. In one year, we quit our jobs, bought a house, bought a car, and became full-time folk singers--not exactly the greatest combination, financially speaking, or what most people would call a sound business model. We didn't throw darts at a map, but we might as well have.


They might not have had the best plan, but what they did have were great songs and musicianship, and the ability to put on a show. Eighteen years, more than a million miles, 3000 shows, and five Dodge Caravans later, they are listed as a �favorite act� by many coffeehouses, clubs and house concerts across the U.S.They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  


From the start, they�ve called themselves eclecto-maniacs and described their music as �Celtic to Cowboy�. They say it has taken them �years of careful indecision� to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their four recordings, Alive!, Waltz of the Wallflowers, Time Flies and Raw demonstrate that �indecision� can be wonderfully entertaining . They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel. musical influences..

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 on8/11/2014.jrs

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