Springfield, Illinois historian and author Dick Hart dies Monday πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

Richard “Dick” Hart, an attorney known for his longtime preservation work in Springfield that included the city’s oldest home and who was the 2021 State Journal-Register First Citizen Award winner, died Monday at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Hart, 79, was visiting Springfield but had recently relocated to Bonita Springs, Florida, with his wife, Ann.

In a Nov. 28 story in the SJ-R announcing the award, David Barringer called Hart “today’s most knowledgeable person on Springfield and surrounding area history.”

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Hart served as president of The Abraham Lincoln Association and the Sangamon County Historical Society and was a prolific writer on local history and Lincoln.

He told the SJ-R that his membership in the historical society fueled his starting Springfield Preservation Limited.

Springfield, Illinois historian and author Dick Hart dies Monday

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