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Anxious America, Bigger Button Museum

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Buttons don’t just hold clothes together; they hold forth with announcements, art, and opinions. It’s those┬ákinds of pin-back buttons that are made at the Busy Beaver Button Co., which in late November 2016 moved to a new location.

Giant Abe, Perry Como, Honesty

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Built in 2014, a 25-foot-tall statue of Abe Lincoln and Perry Como has gradually made its way westward, from New Jersey to Ohio to Indiana….to Illinois

Illinois: Hands Off Our Leg

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Every few years someone makes the news by trying to take away Santa Anna’s leg.

Two Gallows, One Beatle: Good Times At The Old Jail

Friday, May 24th, 2013

“It was one of the top ten days of my life,” said Bob Rea, president of the Franklin County Historical Preservation Society in Benton, Illinois. He was referring to May 4, 2013, the day that he first laid eyes on the gallows that hanged Charlie Birger.

Is My Museum Lying To Me?

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The Chicago Sun-Times has published a muckraking report suggesting that the Lincoln stovepipe hat currently displayed in the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, may not be Abe’s at all.

Gemini Giant Can Be Yours For A Giant Price

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

One of the spaciest of all Muffler Men is for sale — but it has a significant catch. The helmet-wearing, rocket-cradling Gemini Giant has stood beside Route 66 since the mid-1960s, an icon of Illinois and memorable Space Age mascot of the Launching Pad Drive-In.

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