Category Archives: Family History

Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s Springfield Home

Our last reunion stop today was in Springfield at the home of Abraham Lincoln.  This site includes not only the family home, but the entire street of homes, so it was like walking back into the neighborhood of his day.  … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 The Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield

This is the only Presidential Museum funded by a State.  Because of that, they have lots of extras.  The exhibits were amazing, many of them were so inter-active with real people acting the parts of people in Lincoln’s life.  It … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s Tomb

Our next stop was Lincoln’s Tomb.  I was expecting a headstone.  Here is what we saw– I’ve been reading 2 books about Lincoln during this trip.  Coming here was like walking on sacred ground.  What a contrast to today’s world … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site

Today we traveled to Abe Lincoln’s country.  Twenty minutes from Springfield, Illinois is the historic site of New Salem where Abe spent his early adulthood, about 10 years before the Bushmans arrived in Illinois.  Visiting this place on this rainy … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 The Elizabeth Degen Bushman Quilt

These last two months, a few of us have been working on this quilt to honor our dear grandmother, Elizabeth Degen Bushman.  We have this black and white picture of a bed coverlet she made many years ago and a … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 Our Banquet, Program, and Family Artifacts

We had a wonderful evening celebrating family, ancestors and descendants.  This is the conclusion of the main part of our reunion.  Tomorrow’s optional activities will take many of us to Lincoln’s country, then back to St. Louis. Tonight we feasted … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 Iowa Fieldtrip

This afternoon we loaded the buses for a field trip to Iowa, to visit the farm area where the Bushmans lived and worked after leaving Nauvoo.  Here is the view from across the river in Montrose, looking back on Nauvoo. … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 Old Nauvoo Homes and Establishments

For the rest of the afternoon, we had free time to explore Old Nauvoo.  We walked through as many homes and businesses as we had time for.  There are a lot of photos in the post.  Don’t feel obligated.  They … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 The Mississippi River Cruise

With the extermination order pronounced, the Saints living in Nauvoo had to leave to save their lives.  They crossed the Mississippi River to Montrose during the winter of 1846.  Conditions were hard.  They took what they could carry.  They didn’t … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 The Bushmans Leave Nauvoo, The Trail of Hope

We met at the Stake Center this morning for some instruction on the Bushman’s departure from Nauvoo in 1846. Jacob Bushman wrote to John Bushman in 1902: “We lived on Bishop Hunter’s farm until the Spring of 1846. And in … Continue reading

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