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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 - 2013-2015 Articles
Date Title
July 27, 2015 The Soldier's Monument
July 20, 2015 Ice
July 13, 2015 Moses O. Williamson
July 6, 2015 Sweet Little Alix
June 29, 2015 Sharlie's Shickens
June 22, 2015 Anna Held & John Drew
June 15, 2015 Hartel & Secker Meat Market
June 8, 2015 Girls
June 1, 2015 Old First Church - Part II
May 25, 2015 Old First Church - Part I
May 18, 2015 Marbles
May 11, 2015 Pawnee County, Kansas
May 4, 2015 Detective Stories and the Real Thing
April 27, 2015 Professor Isaac A. Parker
April 20, 2015 Celluloid Collars
April 13, 2015 Asparagus
April 6, 2015  Mayor John C. Stewart 
March 30, 2015 Basket Ball
March 23, 2015 The Courthouse of Knox County, IL
March 16, 2015

�Trifles make perfection...�

March 9, 2015 Uncle Tom's Cabin
March 2, 2015 Martha Sandburg Goldstone
February 23, 2015 Devotion
February 16, 2015  Gumbiner's Pawn Shop 
February 9, 2015 White Bread
February 2, 2015 The Monarch Club
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

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Sandburg Days Festival 2015
April 21-25, 2015

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.

Sandburg Festival, April 21-25, 2015, Galesburg, IL 

The Sandburg 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. 
View Schedule 

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
Spring Hours
Thursday - Sunday
9:00am - 4:00pm
To speak with the Site Superintendent, call 309-927-3345
Site hours are subject to change



Songbag Concert Series
Spring 2015

Songbag Fall 2014 - Poster Schedule
Next Songbag Concert
Saturday, June 28, 2015, TBA
at Galesburg's Downtown Park Plaza,
Park Plaza is located on the South side of the 100 block of E Main Street. No admission charge.

Chris Vallillo - Gin Ridge 


Chris Vallillo



Chris Vallillo is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. Having spent the last 30 years in the  rural Midwest, he has a natural affinity for American roots music.  Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest. Dirty Linen magazine described the music as, “vivid, original story songs” delivered with an “eye for detail and a sense of history” while Folk Wax Magazine Editor, Arthur Wood  said “Vallillo’s guitar playing flows like warm honey and is a true aural delight.”


Songbag Concert Spring 2015 Schedule

Songbag Concert Fall 2014 Schedule

Thank you to our Knox County Master Gardeners!!
From our Garden to Yours - New Book
The Master Gardeners are planning a clean-up day at the Site Wed.,  April 22th, 9-12 am and 1-4pm.  Rain day, Thurs., April 23th - same times.  Water and snacks will be provided by the U of I Ext. office.  Association volunteers should bring their own garden tools and gloves.

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 - $2,303.30 (as of 4/30/2015)

Penny Parade 2014
Penny Parade 2013
Penny Parade 2012


 Thank you to all participating Galesburg & Abingdon schools!! Hedding Grade School, Abingdon, once again topped all of our school donations for the fourth straight year by raising an amazing $994.04!! 


A special thanks to the contributions of Galesburg businesses and Q's Cafe for Walt & Annette's inside-out brownies! 


Television and Newspaper Coverage

The Bright Side: Galesburg students learn the value of a penny Libby Allison, Channel 25 (Peoria,IL) - News (April 24, 2015)  


Students deliver more than $1,900 for Sandburg site Antwone Fisher - Galesburg Register-Mail - April 25, 2015  


 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
Spring 2015
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

Feb 28, 2015


Hammer and Pick
Hammer and Pick


Hammer and Pick members are Jon Wagner, Jan Sams and John Heasly.  They have been performing in the Galesburg and Bishop Hill areas for nearly 30 years.  The original members of the band were Bob Black of Galesburg, the Rev. Wayne Nordstrom of Bishop Hill, and Jon Wagner of rural Rio.  Sams, of Galva, joined the group in 1995.  Following the deaths of Nordstrom and Black in the late 1990s, Heasley, of Galesburg, joined the ensemble to make it a trio once again.


Wagner is an anthropology professor at Knox College and plays the hammered dulcimer, claw-hammered banjo, harmonica and bodhran.  Sams, a registered nurse and Kewanee native, plays the string bass, autoharp, and six- and twelve-string guitars. Heasley, a singer/songwriter, plays acoustic guitar, and in addition to playing with Hammer and Pick, he also does solo work.  The group has been featured at area festivals and concerts, including an annual appearance at Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill.


March 28, 2015


Brian Fox EllisBarry Cloyd

Brian Fox Ellis & Barry Cloyd




April 25, 2015

Bob and Kristie Black

Bob & Kristie Black



Bob and Kristie Black have bluegrass roots going straight back to Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music.  Bob toured and recorded with the late great musical master during the 1970s, learning much about songwriting and performing which he now brings to audiences with his wife Kristie.  Together, they draw on country music traditions to enliven their shows, which feature many original duets and instrumentals.  Going beyond Bluegrass, Bob and Kristie blend mountain soul with their own creative musical style, giving each performance a uniquely individual flavor.     

May 30, 2015

Sawdust Hill 


Sawdust Hill



Sawdust Hill began when Trevor Wheetman and Sylvie Davidson, two Seattle singer/songwriters, found themselves meeting for the first time in a theatre in Ventura, CA. Mutual admiration, fate, and the Californian spring conspired to write a love story, and a partnership of the very best kind was born. More than a band, Sawdust Hill is a name for the artistic endeavors of two people who are moved by life to listen, look, reflect, and create.

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 6/23/2015.jrs

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