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 Historical Society





Sangamon County Historical Society

Oak Ridge Cemetery

  • February 17, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Carnegie Room North, Public Lincoln Library, Springfield, IL

The rich history of Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery gets center attention February 17 when Michael Lelys, its executive director, talks to the Society about what is one of the nation's foremost historic sites, drawing nearly a million visitors a year, second only to Arlington National Cemetery. 

Today, Oak Ridge is the largest municipal cemetery in Illinois, encompassing 365 acres of rolling prairie land, thousands of hardwoods and conifers, and over 75,000 interments.  

It is the final resting place for Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and all but one of his children, and over 80 other notable dignitaries including several former governors and legislators.  Labor leader John L. Lewis and John Kelly, the first settler in Springfield, as well as world famous poet and singing troubadour Vachel Lindsay are also among those interred at Oak Ridge.  There are also three state war memorials located at Oak Ridge, commemorating Illinois lives lost in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  

His talk, at 5:30 pm in the Carnegie Room North at the City of Springfield's public Lincoln Library is free and open to the public.  

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