Saturday, March 06, 2004

SJ-R.COM - Pastime revisited

The Sangamon Valley Collection of the Lincoln Library just got a picture of an 1880s era local baseball team. This rarity is one of those things that makes local special collections so important. If I ever have kids, I'll never be able to take them to the turn-of-the-century designed police station where my dad started his job now that it's been torn down to make way for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. I won't be able to go to Watt Brothers Pharmacy on South Grand and Pasfield and buy them a hand-mixed cherry coke and a comic book if they're good. God willing, Maid-Rite will still be around so they can have a root beer in a frosted glass with their loose-meat hamburger. These pieces of history can easily be lost if there's no one to pick them and put them somewhere for safekeeping.

Springfield is one of those towns that is a special treat for those who have lived there since early childhood. Other folks will miss what it's like to grow up in the state capitol, to be exposed to those who try to make the state work, and the small patch of history we can call our own. Whoever said "You can't go home again" wasn't born and raised in Springfield.

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