Summer 2014 Bus Tour

Main entrance door to Dana-Thomas house by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Water color of Mid-America bus.From: http://www.mid-americancoaches.netAugust 21, 2014 SCHS bus tour to Springfield, Illinois 

Re-discover the Richness of Springfield, Illinois

Note that this event is over. It was held on August 21, 2014.

Below are two photos from the tour.

Tour coordinator, Pat Breckenridge, and SCHS member, Don Swortfiguer, outside Maldaner's restaurant. The food and service were excellent!

Tour coordinator, Pat Breckenridge, and SCHS member, Don Swortfiguer, outside Maldaner’s restaurant. The food and service were excellent!


All tour participants except three pose in front of Lincoln tomb.

All tour participants except three take a moment to pose in front of the Lincoln tomb.

If you wanted to go on this fun and action packed bus tour, but busy summertime scheduling didn’t allow it, be sure to come to the next SCHS general meeting on Will Rogers, October 22. Before Lester Lurk starts his fascinating talk on Will Rogers, you can pick up a copy of the “in-flight” booklet that tour participants got when they boarded the bus to Springfield. The booklet features articles on:

  • The Lincoln Museum
  • The Dana-Thomas house
  • The Steven Spielberg movie, “Lincoln”
  • A crossword puzzel on Lincoln
  • A separate handout was a quiz game on the life of Lincoln provided by SCHS member, Donna Wagner

There was an en-route tour booklet of some kind provided on the last three SCHS bus tours. It has been a popular feature of the SCHS tours and a good souvenir keepsake, both informative and entertaining. It is another reason that you should watch for a possible bus tour next year.

Comments on the Springfield bus tour by participants:
The Lincoln museum was beautiful. I learned more about Lincoln than I knew before. It makes me want to visit more presidential libraries.
Dave: It was a great time. Enjoyed seeing the museum again. Enjoyed seeing the Frank Lloyd Wright house. Don’t know why it was built on 16 different levels!
Stephen: In the Lincoln museum, the display showing Lincoln debating the Emancipation Proclamation with his cabinet was really great, especially with the interpretive guide dressed the part. He could talk to us and answer questions. Very helpful. The Dana-Thomas house was totally amazing and the gardens were so beautiful in their simplicity.
Rose Marie: There were so many displays and so much information on each display that it took a while to read. I saw ghosts in the library. One ghost said how much people need to know their past to “recognize” their future. I enjoyed the playroom where children could play with the toys. I asked a man who was there with several children if school hadn’t started. He said he took them out of school to come to the museum.

Will there be a bus tour next year? It is too soon to say! But if you would like to suggest a possible destination, please submit your thoughts through the contact page or at the October 22 meeting.

There will be a fine tour in September on the 16th, through the Thomas Sappington house. The tour is being arranged by our tour coordinator, Pat Breckenridge. The destination is Arrow Rock, Missouri to see sites related to the legacy of Dr. John Sappington. See more info at Bus Tour to Arrow Rock, MO.

Note that this event is over. It was held on August 21, 2014. The information below is a record of this tour, another fine event provided by SCHS, and this page contains information of general interest about Springfield. This page may also be helpful to people wanting to join future SCHS tours and other events. And of course, SCHS invites all to join the Society. The fee is minimal and the returns are maximal!


Dive into the rich offerings of Springfield, Illinois. Many of us have seen some of the major historic sites in Springfield. Now, re-visit some of your favorite sites to see their new offerings and visit some sites that you may have not seen yet.

Below are images of sites on the tour. Find  photo source acknowledgments lower on the page.


Note that this event is over. It was held on August 21, 2014.

Please register by phone with tour coordinator Pat Breckenridge at 314-842-1088. Send your check to Pat by mail. She will give you her mailing address when you call.

The reasonable price for the value of this tour, see pricing near the bottom of the page, is based on a set number of participants. Please make your reservation as soon as possible. Having a full complement of participants keeps the price of the tour down and makes the trip more fun!

Lincoln sites on the summer tour include:

  • The fabulous Lincoln Museum, with option to visit the separate exhibit, “Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” for a few dollars extra. More info below.
  • The First Presbyterian church where the Lincoln family worshiped, and which is now adorned with richly colored Tiffany stained glass windows.
  • There is the option to visit the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s tomb for those choosing not to visit the Dana-Thomas home (see below).

Other sites on the tour include:

  • The Dana-Thomas house by Frank Lloyd Wright (optional site for $10 extra).
  • The Governor’s mansion.

More information about the sites and a few photos

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Also currently on display at the museum is the special and exclusive exhibit “Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” which presents key sets, costumes and props from the award-winning Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.”

From the Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln."

From the Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.”
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Admittance to the special display is a few dollars extra (apparently five dollars or less) for those who choose to visit it. The venue is across the street from the museum.

Information below is about the exhibit, “From History to Hollywood Exhibit” from the Lincoln museum website:
Lincoln: From “History to Hollywood Exhibit” Now Open
Open Now
See sets from the Academy-Award-winning film including Lincoln’s office and a vignette of Mary Lincoln’s bedroom. The costumes include a selection of Mary Lincoln’s dresses (which will change annually), Lincoln’s suit, and a uniform worn by their son Tad. Props in the exhibit include the stethoscope used in the scene of Lincoln’s death and gloves worn by Daniel Day-Lewis as he portrayed Lincoln. The sets and costumes are on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
Union Station, across from the Museum
Tickets : Adults $5.00; Children FREE when accompanied by paid adult
“Full Experience” Package $15.00, includes tickets to Museum AND Movie Exhibit (Regular Museum admission price + $3)

Below are additional images related to the exhibit and the movie.

Websites discussing the Spielberg movie, “Lincoln:”
Quick fact check of Stephen Spielberg’s movie, “Lincoln”
How Great an Emancipator? Does Lincoln get too much credit for freeing the slaves—or not enough?
Lincoln (2012 film) From Wikipedia
Editorial on American HIstorical Association website that we should be stimulated by the movie, “Lincoln,” to think about and discuss Lincoln and his presidency. Lincoln, Hollywood, and an Opportunity for Historians
Historical accuracy of the movie: Hollywood and History: Capturing Accuracy in Spielberg’s Lincoln
A less than flattering review of the movie by Christian Toto
Review in the New Yorker “Lincoln” v. Lincoln by Hendrick Hertzberg
Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tony Kushner talk about what it takes to wrestle an epic presidency into a feature film.
A look at the different roles of history and film making: What’s True and False in “Lincoln” Movie


Websites about the special exhibit, “Lincoln: History to Hollywood:”
Basic info about the exhibit from the Lincoln Museum website.

Movie poster for the Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln."

Movie poster for the Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.”

The First Presbyterian church where the Lincoln family worshiped, and which is now adorned with richly colored Tiffany stained glass windows.


A tour of the Governor’s mansion is also included on the itinerary.

Illinois Executive Mansion

Illinois Executive Mansion From:

Sidebar on Lincoln. Did you know Abraham Lincoln enjoyed pets? He once said of his cat, Dixie, “Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet!”

Lincoln, whose wife, Mary Todd, insisted he leave his beloved dog Fido home in Springfield, Ill., when he was elected president, was given an unexpected gift of two kittens from Secretary of State William Seward.

The president doted on the cats, which he named Tabby and Dixie, so much that he once fed Tabby from the table during a formal dinner at the White House.

When Lincoln’s embarrassed wife later observed that the action was “shameful in front of their guests,” the president replied, “If the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”

The information above about Lincoln and cats and the graphic below is directly from the website:

Learn more about Lincoln and pets.

Abraham Lincoln’s Cats

“Abraham Lincoln’s cats included Tabby and Dixie. The president also brought a few strays into the White House.” From:


The stately Dana-Thomas house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

There will be a choice for each passenger to see the Dana-Thomas house, or to go to the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s tomb. There is a $10 entrance fee for the Dana-Thomas house which is not included in the tour ticket price so that tour participants can decide to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house or to see the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s tomb which are free.

Dana Thomas house by Frank Lloyd Wright in Springfield, Illinois.

Dana-Thomas house by Frank Lloyd Wright in Springfield, Illinois. From:

Description of Dana-Thomas house below is from:

The Dana-Thomas House, perhaps the best-preserved example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie period” dwellings, was built for feminist socialite and heiress Susan Lawrence Dana (1862-1946). Constructed between 1902 and 1904, the spectacular brick house was the largest designed by Wright to that time. It covers 12,600 square feet, with thirty-five rooms and sixteen major spaces. The house contains more than 100 pieces of original Wright furniture, 250 examples of art glass doors and windows, and more than 100 art glass light fixtures. Designed for entertaining, the home’s Gallery and Dining Room can seat forty, and both have two-story barrel-vaulted ceilings. Musicians’ balconies overlook the large public gathering spaces. Other features include an interior terra cotta fountain and a basement duck pin bowling alley. The house has been “restored” to appear as it might have been furnished shortly after being built. In 1974 the structure was entered on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1976 was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Learn more about the Dana-Thomas house:
The website for the Dana-Thomas house.
A brief history of the Dana-Thomas house by the Illinois state government.
A tour script for students visitors to the Dana-Thomas house, published by the Illinois state government.

The Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s tomb.


Lunch at the elegant and historic four star Maldaner’s Restaurant will be a buffet of serloin or roast chicken in mushroom sauce, salad, two hot vegetables, homemade mashed potatoes, mixed green salad and dessert.

The cost of this fine lunch is included in the price of the tour.

Maldener's Restaurant in Springfield, IL

Maldener’s Restaurant in Springfield, IL From:

Chef and Maldaner's owner, Michael Higgins. From:

Chef and Maldaner’s owner, Michael Higgins. From:

Tour pricing, meeting place and time

Arrive at St Lucas UCC church at 7:30 am to board for 8:00 am departure, return at approximately 5:00 pm. See map for getting to St. Lucas.

The cost of $65 for the bus tour includes bus fare, admissions to sites, lunch and all tips are included 
in single price except the $10 admission to Dana-Thomas house.

Contact Pat Breckenridge to make reservations, phone number 314-842-1088. Send checks to Pat. When you call for your reservation, Pat will tell you her address for sending the check.

The bus tours put on by SCHS are not fundraisers or for profit. The bus tours are a service to SCHS members and the public. THe SCHS is a membership-focused organization with the specific purpose of preserving local history, providing history-related events, and a more general purpose of fostering relationships among people, and building community spirit and awareness. The total amount of each person’s fee for the tour goes toward paying for the expenses of the tour. Any extra money goes toward tour overhead costs and funding for the next tour.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible. The tour date again is Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Spice up your summer with this refreshing day trip.
A treasure trove of enticing sites! Fine food! Good company! Air conditioning throughout! Please join us for this great tour! Over all, relaxing, cool and summery!

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