- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is exploring history through music. The museum has placed song books, sheet music and other resources online.

There are more than 740 song sheets, song books and pieces of sheet music on the www.ChroniclingIllinois.org website. The music is divided into three collections: Civil War Song Sheets, Lincoln Sheet Music and Illinois Sheet Music and Song Books.

Songs and their titles can say a lot about history. For example, there’s this title: “I Love You Like Lincoln Loved the Old Red, White, and Blue.”

Civil War music historian Christian McWhirter works for the Lincoln Presidential Library’s Paper of Abraham Lincoln project. McWhirter says sheet music is “an often forgotten but extremely effective window into America’s cultural past.”




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