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September 22, 2014, 11:20 pm
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Historic Documents Show Springfield Spent $20K to Defray President Lincoln Funeral Costs


The Springfield City Clerk’s office is sharing some City Hall history with the organizers of next year’s effort to recreate Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession through Springfield.

 

The clerk’s office located the original 1865 records of City Council action related to the funeral… including an ordinance to spend $20,000 to defray costs.

 

Deputy City Clerk Rianne Hawkins says that’s equal to about half-a-million dollars today.

 

The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition says it hopes to display the digitized reproductions at various events leading up to next year’s 150th anniversary.

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