In the Oct. 3, 1863, proclamation setting aside the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day, Abraham Lincoln, who signed it, and William H. Seward, who wrote it, found much for which to be thankful even in the midst of a terrible civil war. There was peace with other nations. The war had not stopped the work of farmers or miners. Population was increasing. A "large increase of freedom" was being anticipated. "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." As we thank God for blessings, the document says, we must, "with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care" all those who have become widows and orphans, and "implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation. . . ." –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

Cover: Springfield Ballet Company will perform an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, Dec. 14-15 at the UIS Performing Arts Center. PHOTO BY PATRICK RUSSELL,CURTAIN & LEAF

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