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The Illinois State Historical Society

President: Marvin W. Ehlers, Deerfield
Vice President: Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Treasurer: Arthur M. Martin, Chicago
Secretary: Russell Lewis, Chicago

Directors: Terms Expire in 2007
Michael Batinski, Carbondale
John Craig, Springfield
Elaine Egdorf, Homewood
Shirley Portwood, Godfrey
Theodore Wachholz, Arlington Heights

Directors: Terms Expire in 2008
Alberta Adamson, Wheaton
Lawrence Hansen, River Forest
Patricia Walton, Hanover Park
John Weck, Sycamore
Randall Witter, Springfield

Directors: Terms Expire in 2009
Leah Axelrod, Highland Park
Herbert Channick, Highland Park
Redd Griffin, Oak Park
Dennis Williams, Quincy
Robyn Williams, Harrisburg

William Furry, Executive Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager

            Advisory Board 2006-2007
Roger Biles, Normal
David Brady, Springfield
Charles Burgess, Bethalto
Roger Bridges, Bloomington
Terri Cameron, Springfield
Don Cavallini, Lexington
Roland Cross, Springfield
Mary "Happy" Dean, Peoria
Larry Douglas, Belknap
James Edstrom, Buffalo Grove
Stuart Fliege, Springfield
Wolf Fuhrig, Jacksonville
Gerald Hulslander, Marseilles
D. Bradford Hunt, Chicago
David Joens, Springfield
Patricia Miller, Champaign
Ellsworth Mills II, Highland Park
Lisa Oppenheim, Chicago
James W. Patton III, Leland Grove
John Pearson, Chicago
Charlotte Renehan, Grayslake
William Steinbacher-Kemp, Normal
Robert Swenson, Carbondale
Timothy Townsend, Springfield
Ron Vasile, Downers Grove
Gary Vitale, Springfield
Warren Winston, Pittsfield

            Living Past Presidents
Alexander Summers, San Diego, CA
Gunnar Benson, Sterling
Victor Hicken, Macomb
Katie Fiene Birchier, Chester
Samuel Lilly, Downers Grove
David J. Maurer, Charleston
Wilma Lund, Springfield
Patricia Wallace-Christian, Durham, CT
Mark A. Plummer, Normal
John T. Trutter, Northfield
E. Duane Elbert, Forrest
Raymond E. Hauser, St. Charles
Patricia Grimmer, Carbondale
John Power, Jacksonville
Robert J. Klaus, Chicago
Michael J. McNerney, Carbondale
Robert McColley, Urbana
Barbara M. Posadas, DeKalb
Rand Burnette, Jacksonville
David W. Scott, Springfield

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

November-December 2006                                                                       Volume 9 Number 6


6       A challenge to members

7       Letters

23    Obituary: Bennett Humiston Rvalin

27    Membership report


9       Lincoln in Sculpture: The Standing Lincoln

10    Under the Garfield Prairie

12    2006 Centennial Award winners

19    Mining the past for tomorrow's lessons

22    Lincoln in Sculpture: A Greater Task


26    A grand book for a grand stage

"Winter Crossings," photograph of Lincoln Park, Springfield, Illinois, by Rob Delong. 2005. Courtesy RMD Gallery and Framing Studio. All rights reserved.


Another October is behind us and the proverbial frost is on the pumpkin. Time to get out the mittens and spice up the cider. While you were watching the leaves change we held our 22nd annual Centennial Awards Banquet in Chicago, celebrating the 100th, 125th, 130th, 150th, and 175th anniversaries of some of Illinois' finest businesses and institutions. In this issue of Illinois Heritage we feature some of the highlights of the night, starting on page 12.

We also take a look at some recent archaeology at the Garfield Farm Museum, a 300-acre historic farm in Kane County; reveal some astonishing historic photographs of the Cherry Mine Disaster and aftermath, which devastated Bureau County in November 1909; and begin a three-year profile of Abraham Lincoln sculpture in Illinois that we hope will help set the stage for the 2009 bicentennial.

In addition to our news, reviews, and other departments, this issue includes the Visions Calendar, featuring historical photographs from your collections and ours that tell a dozen Illinois stories. We hope it gives you much to reflect on as 2006 comes to a close. Thanks for keeping us in your lives and sharing your Heritage — and the Illinois State Historical Society — with others.

Best wishes for the holidays,

William Furry
Executive Director

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