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The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

President: David W. Scott, Springfield
President Pro Tem: Marvin W. Ehlers, Deerfield
Treasurer: Arthur M. Martin, Chicago


Directors, Terms Expire in 2004
Norman C. Berger, Chicago
Timothy Draper, Sugar Grove
Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Patricia J. Walton, Hanover Park
John Weck, Sycamore

Directors, Terms Expire in 2005
Leah J. Axelrod, Chicago
Herbert Channick, Rockford
Redd Griffin, Oak Park
Russell Lewis, Chicago
John Power, Jacksonville

Directors, Terms Expire in 2006
Larry Douglas, Belknap
Stuart Fliege, Springfieldd
Lawrence McBride, Bloomington
Ellsworth Mills, II, Highland Park

Tom Teague, Executive Director
William Furry, Assistant Director
Sallie Brittin, Membership Secretary

            Advisory Board 2003-2004
Michael J. Bakalis, Chicago
Terry Barnhart, Charleston
Michael C. Batinski, Carbondale
Charles Burgess, Bethalto
James Coble, Springfield
Janet Cornelius, Penfield
Mary "Happy" Dean, Peoria
Elaine Egdorf, Homewood
Wolf D. Fuhrig, Jacksonville
D. Bradford Hunt, Chicago
Thomas O. Kay, Wheaton
Jack Kinton, North Aurora
Lindell Loveless, Gillespie
William Malottke, McLeansboro
Micheal Newton-Matza, Oak Park
Jason Peters, Kinderhook
Ted Wachholz, Arlington Heights
Joan Willenborg, Effingham
Warren Winston, Pittsfield
Randall Witter, Springfield
Christopher Young, Jacksonville

            Living Past Presidents
Alexander Summers, San Diego, CA
Robert M. Sutton, Urbana
Gunnar Benson, Sterling
Donald F. Tingley, Savoy
Victor Hicken, Macomb
Katie Fiene Birchler, 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

Illinois Heritage
A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

January-February 2004                                                        Volume 7 Number 1


3     News

In Brief

26    History in bronze

27    New members

28    From the archives


5       Honest Abe and the
African Americans

10     Lincoln and Douglas as suitors

14     Vice and virtue in Homer, 1870-1890

20     Centennial Winners 2003


22    Oswego goes to war

In Memoriam

24     Paul Simon, 1928-2003

To Our Readers:

With this issue of Illinois Heritage we begin our seventh year of publication. Though a toddler to our older sister, the 94-year-old Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, we have our own history and traditions, one of which now is the annual Lincoln Issue you are holding.

Love and rhetoric is the theme of Dan Guillory's "Lincoln and Douglas as suitors," an essay that marries romance and politics in the words of Illinois' quintessential rivals. Richard E. Hart's "Honest Abe and the African Americans' is a distillation of a paper he presented at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium several years ago, wherein he explores how black activism in early Springfield informed Lincoln's political views on slavery.

In addition, Ray Cunninghams "Virtue and vice in Homer: The battle for morals in a central Illinois town, 1870-1890" is the story of many Illinois communities in the post-Civil War era, where the war between community standards and economic development was waged more often than not in the streets. Inside you'll also find the latest Society news, "History on-line," our regular departments, as well as a few surprises.

So let it snow. Turn off your cell, grab a blanket, and snuggle up with your Illinois Heritage.

—William Furry,

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