A few weeks ago the Illinois State Parks Division temporarily closed down one of Springfield's proudest possessions, the two-story clapboard house in which Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861. The time had come when the Lincoln house was to be rendered "authentic in every detail."

The renovation plans quickly became a hot issue in Lincoln-conscious Springfield. Although the house had been painted white as far back as anyone could remember, there now appeared a vocal group of citizens headed by Archeologist Richard Hagan who argued that when Lincoln lived in it...

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