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 No.  Date Title
8 15 June 2024 A Walk in the Woods with Nature's Poet
7 19 May 2024 Dream Girl Lilian Steichen
6 15 April 2024 Humble Beginnings
5 15 Mar 2024 The Old Troubadour
4 22 Feb 2024 Remembering Karlen Paula
3 12 Feb 2024 Why Did Sandburg Study Lincoln?
2 22 Jan 2024 Before the Chicago Daily News
1 8 Jan 2024 Poet of the People

Other Readings & Related Websites

NEW! Carl Sandburg Poems, Bio, Timeline, Gallery NEW!
by Julian Yanover

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

 Almost ten years ago, February 4, 2013, we began posting Barbara Schock's Sandburg Hometown series on our Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association website. 

This week's post is the series finale #401!!

It is with much sadness and heartfelt appreciation that we must announce that Barbara Schock is retiring her "Sandburg's Hometown" series by the end of 2022.  Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your extraordinary gift of these vignettes of Galesburg & 19th century American history.  Four hundred and one wonderful articles leaves quite a legacy.  

Sandburg's Hometown - 2013-2022 Articles
Date Title
December 12, 2022 The Last Words 
November 28, 2022 Mary Ann Bickerdyke
November 14, 2022 The Gettysburg Address
October 31, 2022 Carl Sandburg, TB Crusader
October 17,  2022 Temperance
October 3, 2022 Early Knox College
September 19, 2022 When Carl Went to College
September 5, 2022 Guitar Friends
August 22, 2022 Colton Park
August 8, 2022 The Beecher Chapel Marker
July 25, 2022 Purington Paving Brick Company
July 11, 2022 George Fitch, A Humorous Writer
June 27, 2022 A First in Galesburg
June 13, 2022 Singing
May 30, 2022 Decoration Day
May 16, 2022 Philip Green Wright - Part 2
April 25, 2022 Philip Green Wright - Part 1
April 11, 2022 Firefighter/Student 
March 28, 2022 History Preserved
March 14, 2022 Francis Lillian Taylor
February 28, 2022 Still Hoboing
February 21, 2022 The Santa Fe Depot
February 14, 2022 A Second Railroad
January 31, 2022 A Child's Work
January 17, 2022 Grade School Teachers
January 3, 2022 January 6th
December 20, 2021 George W. Brown
December 6, 2021 Galesburg's Monuments
November 22, 2021 Julia Fletcher Carney
November 8, 2021 The Ferris Wheel
October 25, 2021 Reverend W. H. Geistweit
October 11, 2021 Earnest Elmo Calkins
Sept 27, 2021 The Railroad
Sept 13, 2021 John Philips Sousa
August 30, 2021 The Opera Houses (cont.)
August 16, 2021 The Opera Houses
August 2, 2021 Leroy Marsh and the Horse Market
July 19, 2021

A Knight Commander

July 5, 2021 Travel
June 21, 2021 The Old Timers
June 7, 2021 The Global Positioning System
May 24, 2021 Memorial Day 1887
May 10, 2021 Employment
May 3, 2021 World's Columbian Exhibition
April 19, 2021 Carl Sandburg Laments Missed Reunions
April 12, 2021 Strong Drink
April 5, 2021 Brown's Business College
March 22, 2021 The Big Store
March 8, 2021 A Life Cover
February 22, 2021 Otto Harbach
February 8, 2021 Uncle Sam's Cats
February 1, 2021 The Poultry Show
January 25, 2021 Old Time Sayings
January 11, 2021 Backhouses
January 4, 2021 Illinois Geology
December 28, 2020 The Bandana
December 21, 2020 The Lullaby
December 14, 2020 "Sweet Betsy from Pike"
December 7, 2020 A Little History
November 30, 2020 Money
November 23, 2020 Martha Farnham Webster
November 16, 2020 The Boll Weevil Song
October 26, 2020 Back in Galesburg
October 19, 2020 Aurora, Illinois
October 12, 2020 Sweet Music
October 5, 2020 The Spelling Bee
September 28, 2020 Women and the Vote
September 21, 2020 Ida Tarbell, Writer
September 14, 2020 Living with Horses
September 7, 2020 Walt Whitman, Poet (continued)
August 31, 2020 Walt Whitman, Poet
August 24, 2020 The Sears Catalog
August 17, 2020 "Red River Valley" 
August 10, 2020 The Avery Brothers
July 20, 2020 A New Enterprise
July 13, 2020 "Illinois" (State Song)
July 6, 2020 John Fiske
June 22, 2020 Poems
June 8, 2020 Books
June 1, 2020 The Seventeenth Governor of Illinois
May 25, 2020 Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!
May 18, 2020 The Telegraph
May 11, 2020 The American Songbag
May 4, 2020 Recollections of a Pioneer
April 27, 2020 Judge Alfred M. Craig
April 20, 2020 Matches, Again
April 13, 2020 Matches
March 30, 2020 Ever the Winds of Chance
March 23, 2020 The 1918 Influenza Epidemic
March 16, 2020 Women's Rights
March 2, 2020 Knox County Histories & Atlases
February 24, 2020 What's in a Name?
February 17, 2020 The City
February 10, 2020 In Lincoln's Honor
February 3, 2020 The Temperance Movement
January 27, 2020 Noses
January 20, 2020 Osgood, the Photographer
January 13, 2020 The City Directories
January 6, 2020 H.H. Kellogg
December 23, 2019 Christmas in the Churches
December 16, 2019 Happiness
December 9, 2019 The Workingman's Lot
December 2, 2019 Chicago Orchestra
November 25, 2019 Cleanliness
November 18, 2019 I. C. Preston
November 11, 2019 Newton Bateman
October 14, 2019 Lt. Lansing J. Dawdy
September 30, 2019 Whistling
September 9, 2019 Frances M. Hague
September 2, 2019 Prairie
August 19, 2019 The Vest Pocket Library
August 5, 2019   The Union Is His Monument
July 29, 2019 The Post Office
July 22, 2019   Henry Knox
July 15, 2019 The Department Store
July 8, 2019 Burdock
July 1, 2019 The Gold Dust Twins
June 24, 2019 Samuel K. Barlow
June 17, 2019 Vaudeville
June 10, 2019 Daniel Fuqua, A Pioneer
June 3, 2019 Decoration Day, 1899
May 27, 2019 Porches
May 13, 2019 Richard A. Proctor
May 6, 2019 More  Asparagus
April 29, 2019 Lucy Crocker Chase
April 22, 2019 Fences
April 15, 2019 The Ten Commandments
April 8, 2019   The Umbrellaa
April 1, 2019   "Removal of an Old Landmark"
March 25, 2019 March 26, 1881
March 18, 2019 "The Song of the Shirt"
March 4, 2019 The Edison Talking Machine
(orig. posted Mar 4, 2013)
February 25, 2019 Joe Elser, Civil War Veteran
(orig. posted Feb 25, 2013)
February 18, 2019 "Remember the Maine"
(orig. posted Feb 18, 2013)
February 11, 2019   Lincoln's Birthdayy
(orig. posted Feb 11, 2013)
February 4, 2019 Curiosityy
(orig. posted Feb 4, 2013)
January 21, 2018 Cabbage
January 14, 2018 Jesse James
January 7, 2018 John T. Barnett
December 31, 2018 Mortality
December 24, 2018 Christmas Dinner, 1899
December 17, 2018 Charity
December 10, 2018 Work
December 3, 2018 Church Windows
November 26, 2018 The Almshouse
November 12, 2018 Rachel Peckenpaugh
November 5, 2018 New Stating Rink
October 29, 2018 News from the Colleges
October 15, 2018   Parks & Playgrounds 
October 8, 2018 October 12, 1899
October 1, 2016 William Selden Gale
Sept. 17, 2018 Chow-Chow and Piccalilli
August 27, 2018 William Twohig
August 20, 2018   William C. Hodge
August 13, 2018 Weather
July 16, 2018 The Physical Culture Movement
July 9, 2018 Postcards
July 2, 2018 The Sewing Machine
June 25, 2018 Colonel Francis Marion
June 11, 2018 June 10, 1897
June 4, 2018 Watermelon
May 28, 2018 Hope Cemetery
May 21, 2018 General O.O. Howard
May 7, 2018 William L. Steele
April 30, 2018 General Nathanael Greene
April 23, 2018 The Boys of '76
April 16, 2018 The Eight-Hour Day
April 9, 2018 Handwriting
April 2, 2018 Hello Spring
March 26, 2018 The Post-Simpson House
March 12, 2018 The Why
February 26, 2018 John Van Ness Standish
February 19, 2018   The Sale of Spirits
February 12, 2018 Gershom Martin, part 2
February 5, 2018 Gershom Martin
January 29, 2018 La Grippe
January 22, 2018 Washday
January 15, 2018 Dice
January 1, 2018 What Is a Deprived Childhood?
December 18, 2017 Stars
December 11, 2017 Andrew Carnegie, Philanthropist
December 4, 2017 Isaac Guliher
November 27, 2017 "Found a Deserted Babe"
November 20, 2017 Thanksgiving Days
November 13, 2017 Wilkins Seacord
November 6, 2017 Lake Washington Sanborn
October 30, 2017 Streetcars
October 23, 2017 Many Pranks Played
October 16, 2017   Season to Open Soon
October 9, 2017 Carl's 17th Birthday Memories
September 25, 2017 General P.S. Post
September 18, 2017 'Tis Apple Time
September 4, 2017 The Union Picnic
August 28, 2017 The Founders' Streets
August 21, 2017   Sarah Bernhardt
August 7, 2017 The Circus
July 31, 2017 A Man of Many Firsts
July 24, 2017 Cuspidors and Spittoons
July 17, 2017 John K. Fowler
July 3, 2017 The Indelible Pencil
June 19, 2017 Fairy Tales
June 12, 2017 Potato Bugs
May 22, 2017 A Pioneer Family
May 15, 2017 The Prairie
May 8, 2017 Henry Hitchcock
May 1, 2017 Callender and Rodine
April 24, 2017 The Mesmerist
April 10, 2017 Street Fair of 1898 (Part 3) - Florence Cooke, Queen of the Street Fair
April 3, 2017 Street Fair of 1898 (Part 2)
March 20, 2017 Street Fair of 1898 (Part 1)
March 13, 2017   Gingerbread 
February 27, 2017 Superstitions
February 6, 2017 Sergeant Edwin C. Reed
January 30, 2017 Corporal Andrew P. Tanning
January 23, 2017 The Ferris Wheel
January 16, 2017 The Gibson Girl
January 9, 2017 The Cookstove
January 2, 2017 Sergeant Charles J. Rose
December 19, 2016 Hazelnuts
December 12, 2016 Minstrel Shows
December 7, 2016 Memories of Pearl Harborr
December 5, 2016 The Coffee Mill
November 28, 2016 Robert J. Samuelson
November 21, 2016   The Chrysanthemum Rules
November 14, 2016 Newspapers
October 31, 2016 Frederick Dickinson
October 24, 2016 The Reverend Carl A. Nyblad
October 17, 2016 Talk Not Always Cheap
October 10, 2016 "It Will Live in Bronze"
September 19, 2016 J. Charles "Frenchy" Juneau
September 12, 2016

Oscar F. "Husky" Larson

September 5, 2016 Obituaries
August 29, 2016 Aaron Boyer, Broommaker
August 22, 2016 The Panic of 1873
August 15, 2016 The Swan Prize
August 8, 2016 Chautauqua
July 18, 2016 Street Lighting
July 11, 2016 Cedar Fork
July 4, 2016 Shelden W. Allen
June 20, 2016 Conrad A. Byloff
June 13, 2016 Edward W. Rosenberg
June 6, 2016 Lawrence Futhey
May 30, 2016 Memory
May 23, 2016 Decoration Day, 1881
May 16, 2016 William Cullen Bryant
May 9, 2016 College Days
May 2, 2016   A Military Career Thwarted 
April 25, 2016   How to Sweep a Room
April 18, 2016 The Marsh Horse and Mule Market
April 11, 2016   Horses Everywhere
April 4, 2016 Victor A. Thoureen
March 28, 2016 Nicknames
March 21, 2016 Corporal Edward P. Peckenpaugh
March 14, 2016 Hold Still!
March 7, 2016 Capt. T. L. McGirr
February 29, 2016 Sparrow Season
February 22, 2016 George W. Erickson
February 15, 2016 George Helgeson Fitch
February 8, 2016   Anna Charlotte Goldquist
February 1, 2016 "Little Boy Blue"
January 25, 2016 Always the Young Strangers
January 18, 2016 George R. Longbrake
January 11, 2016 Fred Cook
January 4, 2016 Domestic Help
December 14, 2015 Justice of the Peace B.F. Holcomb
November 30, 2015 Standardized Time
November 23, 2015 Joseph H. Knutson
November 16, 2015 Wells and Cistern
November 2, 2015 Willis E. Calkins
October 26, 2015 Galesburg Pottery
October 19, 2015 Private Lewis H. Kay
October 12, 2015 The Klondike Gold Rush
September 28, 2015 Charles L. Bloomgren
September 21, 2015 The Gilded Age
September 14, 2015 Oliver Optic
August 31, 2015 The "Spanish" Cannon
August 24, 2015 The Company C Men
August 17, 2015 Jacob A. Riis
August 10, 2015 Mason Jars
August 3, 2015   October 7, 1896
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 Mechanicc
April 15, 2013 Galesburg Opera Housee
April 8, 2013 Grocery Stores and Sample Room
April 1, 2013  A Hearty  Breakfast  
March 25, 2013  The Lost Wallpaper Legend
March 18, 201313 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

2017 Sandburg Days Festival 2017 - April 27-29, 2017

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 with Carl Sandburg bust Nov 2014.  Dedication of Sandburg Statue, Galesburg, IL.

In Memoriam
Penelope Niven

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

In Memoriam

Charles "Chuck" J. Bednar
March 7, 1936 - September 18, 2018
Charles "Chuck" J. Bednar, March 7, 1936 - September 18, 2018.

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 missed.

In Memoriam
Helen "Tede" Verner
March 8, 1937 - Feburary 1, 2019

"Helen "Tede" Verner (March 8, 1937-February 1, 2019)

"Tede" was involved with the Carl Sandburg Historic Site and member of the CSHSA board for many years. She will be missed.  Thank you, Tede, for your years of service to so many!


In Memoriam
Stanford Shover
September 9, 1927 - December 17, 2019


Stanford Shover, Sept 9, 1927 - Dec 17, 2019

Note: The photo below is from Stan's 91st birthday last year taken by J. Michael Hobbs.


Stanford 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 well-lived.


In Memoriam
James Michael "Mike" Hobbs
December 28, 1948 - March 15, 2023


James Michael "Mike" Hobbs, December 28, 1948 - March 15, 2023

Photo of J. Michael "Mike" Hobbs at a reception at the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, March 25, 2017, courtesy of J. Richard Sayre.


Since 2007 Mike had served on the Board of Directors of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. In 2009 he became the editor of Inklings & Idlings, the Association's quarterly newsletter through the most recent Winter 2022-2023 issue. Mike had the unique ability to identify and effectively persuade friends and strangers who he thought had something of value to contribute to the newsletter. He made a good many friends across the U.S. & Sweden for the Association through his efforts. We are indebted to Mike for his many years of tireless service.



Mike Hobbs Tribute Supplement

to Inklings & Idlings Spring 2023

Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association

P.O. Box 585  |  313 E. Third St.  |  Galesburg, Illinois 61402-0585  |309-342-2361


"Reflection" - Dusty Scott (2017) - Acrylic on canvas

Dusty Scott (2017) - Acrylic on canvas
(With permission of the artist-To see full image click on the image above)


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
Normal Hours of operation for the Visitor's Center and Sandburg Family Cottage

Thur, Fri, Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturdays     10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The grounds are always open to the public.
Questions about hours can be directed to Site Services Specialist II Tommy Wallenfeldt by calling (309) 342-2361 or emailing: thomas.wallenfeldt@illinois.gov

Sandburg Songbag Series
Second Sundays of each month
March - November 2024

2:00-4:00 pm
The Barn
Please Join Us!!

Cactus Lee - Songbag Concert - 14 April 2024 - 2-4pm

King Neptune - Songbag Concert - 14 July 2024 - 2:00pm

 King Neptune

July 14, 2024  2:00-4:00pm


King Neptune Duo
Piedmont blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 30s 
by guitarists Chris Buchanan and George Turner.

Singer and guitarist Chris Buchanan performs the up-tempo Piedmont blues of Blind Boy Fuller and others, as well as original arrangements of songs by Bessie Smith. He is an accomplished musician and storyteller, performing acoustic pre-war blues for over 30 years.

George Turner has worked as a jazz and classical guitarist and guitar teacher since the early 1990s. Since 2011, he has been the professor of guitar at WIU in Macomb IL and is a member of WIU’s faculty jazz combo The Hopper Jazztet.


Songbag Concerts - 2024

Songbag Concerts - 2023
Songbag Concerts - 2022
Songbag Concerts - 2021
Songbag Concerts - 2020
Songbag Concerts - 2019
Songbag Concerts - Fall 2018
Songbag Concerts - Spring 2018
Songbag Concerts - Fall 2017

Songbag Concerts - Spring 2017
Songbag Concerts - Fall 2016
Songbag Concert Spring 2016
Songbag Concert Fall 2015
Songbag Concert Spring 2015

Sandburg's Hometown
A Selected Anthology
by Barbara Schock (2024)

Just published...Now Available

Meet the Author
Book Signing
April 27, 2024
Barbara Schock, author of Sandburg's Hometown
Visitors Center
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
313 E. Third St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Sandburg's Hometown: A Selected Anthology (Front Cover)


Sandburg’s Hometown: A Selected Anthology

by Barbara Schock (CSHSA, 2024)

Now Available!



The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association is delighted to announce the print publication of Barbara Schock’s Sandburg’s Hometown: A Selected Anthology.  The book was released in early March 2024.  It includes 145 of Schock’s original 401 “Sandburg’s Hometown” articles originally posted on our sandburg.org website over a 10-year period from 2013-2022.  Schock’s articles focused on the people, the institutions and issues that shaped late 19th-century Galesburg, Illinois, during Carl Sandburg’s boyhood.  Many articles were inspired by Sandburg’s autobiography Always the Young Strangers published in 1953.  Numerous historical images illustrate Schock’s entertaining and informative articles.


The publication of Sandburg’s Hometown was made possible in part by a grant from the Galesburg Community Foundation, as well as generous support from the late J. Michael Hobbs.  The book was edited by J. Richard Sayre.  All proceeds go to support the work of the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. 


How to get your copy! 

Sandburg’s Hometown: A Selected Anthology

is available for a total $23.97 [$21.99 + $1.98 (9% Sales Tax)] from:


The Visitor’s Center Museum Store at the
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

331 E. Third St., Galesburg, IL 61401 (309-342-2361)

URL: https://www.sandburg.org

10% discount for CSHSA Members!
Site Hours: Thu-Fri & Sun: 1-5pm / Sat: 10am-5pm




  Also available locally from:

Wordsmith Bookshoppe

235 East Main Street, Galesburg, IL 61401 (309-351-7767)

URL: https://www.wordsmithbookshoppe.com


More Order Options

Online Orders are accepted via the Association’s Square account: https://square.link/u/AyuPDqfa

Current 2023-2024 members: 10% discount coupon code
Email sales@sandburg.org for coupon code

Local Sales Tax (9%) is $1.98. Shipping & Handling is $6 per book.
Mail Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, P.O. Box 585, Galesburg, IL 61401.  Make checks payable to: Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
sales@sandburg.org with any questions...(e.g., shipping price adjustments for multiple copies)


Call 309-221-5150
(Rick Sayre, Museum Store Manager)

Introducing a new series!

The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association (Galesburg, IL) is pleased to introduce a new series featuring the life and works of Carl Sandburg, entitled "Letters from a Docent" by Dr. John W. Quinley.  ENJOY!
Carl Sandburg Portrait A Walk in the Woods with Nature's Poet

Letters from a Docent

 15 June 2024

by Dr. John W. Quinley
John W. Quinley

Dr. John W. Quinley, a retired college administrator and faculty member, was raised in Maywood, Illinois, just a few blocks away from where Sandburg lived 30 years earlier. He served as a docent for Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site for several years, and is the author of Discovering Carl Sandburg: The Eclectic Life of an American Icon  (2022). He and his wife, Melissa, live in Hendersonville, North Carolina, just a few miles from Sandburg's former home.

 No.  Date Title
8 15 June 2024 A Walk in the Woods with Nature's Poet
7 19 May 2024 Dream Girl Lilian Steichen
6 15 April 2024 Humble Beginnings
5 15 Mar 2024 The Old Troubadour
4 22 Feb 2024

Remembering Karlen Paula

3 12 Feb 2024 Why Did Sandburg Study Lincoln?
2 22 Jan 2024 Before the Chicago Daily News
1 8 Jan 2024 Poet of the People


Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association

CSHSA FY2023 Highlights
CSHSA Previous Fiscal Year Highlights



Annual "Giving Tuesday" Fundraiser
(November 28, 2023)

Many thanks to those of you generously donated to CSHSA via Facebook on last year's

"Giving Tuesday" Fundraiser, November 28, 2023


Events from 2023

"The Murals" Documentary Film by TG Jamroz
 The Murals - TG Jamroz - WGIL FM Radio Interview - 5/19/2023

Knox County's Hidden Hills Winery & Vineyard
reveals their newest wine in honor of Galesburg's native son,
Carl Sandburg and the Carl Sandburg HIstoric Site Association!

Thank you David, Chancy & Holly for your support!!

Check out the Hidden Hills website for a video of the presentation!

July 23, 2022, 2pm - New "Sandburg" Wine Release Party - Hidden Hills Vineyard & Winery - Knoxville, IL"Sandburg Sangria" - Newest wine from Hidden Hills Vineyard & Winery, Knoxville, IL



Författaren Carl Sandburg och drömmen
om ett demokratiskt Amerika

by Pierre Schori (2023)


We are pleased to announce the recent publication of the latest Carl Sandburg biography, by Pierre Schori, former Swedish ambassador to the United Nations. Members of our Association have been delighted and privileged to correspond with Pierre over the past three years while he has been working on chronicling his life-long obsession with Carl Sandburg!


Congratulations, Pierre, on this publication! Currently the book is only available in Swedish. Your browser may provide an English translation option for reading this link from the publisher's website. Also linked below are a few additional posts in English for the book's preface and chapter listings that Pierre has provided us, as well as an article soon to be published in KULTUR NÖJE!



Discovering Carl Sandburg:
The Eclectic Life of an American Icon

by Dr. John W. Quinley (2022)


We are pleased to announce that CSHSA member,
Dr. John W. Quinley's new book on Carl Sandburg
is now available in our Museum Store.  Price: $16.95

Discovering Carl Sandburg, by John W. Quinley, c2022.

Foreword by J. Michael Hobbs, editor of Inklings & Idlings,
CSHSA's quarterly newsletter.

About the Author
Dr. John W. Quigley
was raised in Maywood, Illinois— just a few blocks away from where Sandburg lived thirty years earlier. He is a retired college administrator and faculty member. He taught classes in history, government, and humanities and currently works as an adjunct instructor for American history for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina. He and his wife Melissa live in Hendrsonville, NC—just a few miles from Sandburg’s former home.


Carl Sandburg: Poet, Politician & Prophet

by Dr. Lawrence Webb (2022)


We are pleased to announce that CSHSA member,
Dr. Lawrence Webb's new book on Carl Sandburg
is now available in our Museum Store.  Price: $29.99

Carl Sandburg: Poet, Politician & Prophet, by Lawrence Webb (2022)

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us
for a delightful book-signing event with former
CSHSA President Barry Swanson upon the
publication of his historical novel,
Still Points!
Thursday, April 28, 2-4pm

Copies of STILL POINTS are available at our Museum Store.

Barry Swanson Book Signing | April 28, 2022 | 2-4pm

Zoom Recording Available if you missed this informative presentation with Dr. Quinley.
Sandburg Sidebars with John Quinley, Zoom Presentation on March 23, 2022

Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
Officers & Board of Directors

(as of May 2024)
          Pat Kane, president      Emily duGranrut
          Don Moffitt, vice-pres.      Erin Glasnovich
          Mike Panther, secretary      Nicholas Regiacorte
          J. Richard Sayre, treas.      Seamus Reilly
          Cianja Bone      Gary Wagle
          Andrew Chernin     
          Rex Cherrington      Scott Roman, ex-officio
      (IDNR Site Supervisor)


Annual Penny Parade Fundraiser

Tentatively scheduled for April 2024


After a four-year hiatus plans are in process for the 2024 Penny Parade Fundraiser with the help of our Galesburg area schools.  Pennies collected by our Galesburg area students will 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!


Congratulations on an awesome Penny Parade 2019!

A tradition 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 important fundraiser!


Photos on Facebook from the Penny Parade 2019 Program.

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!! 



Penny Parade 2019 - $1,118.33 (as of 5/14/2019)

Penny Parade 2018 - $2,280.76

Penny Parade 2016 - $1,149.21

Penny Parade 2015 - $2,303.30

Penny Parade 2014 - $2,584.70
Penny Parade 2013 - $3,134.36
Penny Parade 2012 - $2,189.52

Contributions may also be mailed to:
Penny Parade 2019
Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association
PO Box 585
Galesburg, IL 61402-0585


Illinois Turns 200 - Bicentennial Podcast Series

Illinois Bicentennial - Illinois Humanities - 2018

Illinois Turns 200: Galesburg Edition 

Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 pm 

Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

313 E 3rd St. 

Galesburg, IL 61401 

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 Sandburg.

Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Learn More


Featuring 8-year old Nakshatra Neeraja reciting "I Am the People"

From Kuwait:  First Prize for English Poem Recitation to 8-year old Nakshatra Neeraja 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 Site Association
Carl Sandburg's Birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois
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 Program. 

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 Galesburg.


(as of 3/31/2024)

Endowment Donations may be mailed to:

The Carl 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!!
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.

Knox County 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 website below: http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/index.html

 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.

Stoneware Mugs - Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
New to the Museum Store
Beautiful Hand-thrown Stoneware Mugs
custom-made by Deneen Pottery, St. Paul, MN

Two glaze options:
1) Hunter Green with dijon white, and
2) Navy with Grey white

$19.95 each + shipping
Contact the Museum Bookstore [Email: sales@sandburg.org or Phone: 309-342-2361]

Carl Sandburg: Galesburg & Beyond, by George Swank. 2016 reprint ed. New to the Museum Bookstore!

Carl Sandburg: Galesburg and Beyond
by George Swank
2016 limited reprint edition
Originally Published in 1983 by the Galva Historical Society.

$23.95 +shipping +tax

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)

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's Birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois
The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, 313 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
Sandburg Songbag Concert Series
2024 Sandburg Concert Series
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 2:00pm, normally on the Second Sunday of the month.

We are grateful to Erin Glasnovich and members of CSHSA's Songbag Committee for coordinating the Sandburg Songbag Concert Series this year for the Association.We are grateful to Erin Glasnovich and members of CSHSA's Songbag Committee for coordinating the Sandburg 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 /span>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:

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 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.


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 8/10/2020.jrs

Copyright 2024 by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association.