Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Prairie Archives

One of Springfield's great cultural gems is Prairie Archives, launched by John Paul in 1971. This classic book store has become a fixture on the south side of the Old State Capitol Plaza. A recent story in the Chicago Tribune pays tribute to the store and its long tradition of serving history buffs who visit Springfield from all parts of the world.

Picture courtesy of Jerome Prophet, a current Springfield blog.

3 comments:

Melanie Mulhall said...

John Paul's store is, indeed, a treasure. I spent many a wonderful hour--and tons of money--in the original store, when I lived in Springfield. Out in Colorado for over twenty years now, nothing has ever relplaced it--partly, at least, because there is no one else quite like John Paul. I have visited the current location on several occasions, when back in Springfield, and it is always like coming home.

Melanie Mulhall

Will Howarth said...

Hi Melanie,

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to know that JP's fame has spread far and wide. I live in NJ but plan to return to the Midwest in retirement. The quieter and slower pace looks good to me!

Will

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