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The Illinois State Historical Society

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


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, Springfield
Roger Bridges, Bloomington
Ellsworth Mills, II, Highland Park
Mary "Happy" Dean, Peoria

Directors, Terms Expire in 2007
Michael Bakalis, Darien
Michael Batinski, Carbondale
Elaine Egdorf, Homewood
Shirley Portwood, Godfrey
Theodore Wachholz, Arlington Heights

Tom Teague, Executive Director
William Furry, Assistant Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager

            Advisory Board 2004-2005
Albert Adamson, Wheaton
David Badillo, Oak Park
Terry Barnhart, Charleston
John Craig, Springfield
Tim Draper, Sugar Grove
Lawrence Hansen, River Forest
Thomas O. Kay, Wheaton
Alfred Klairmont, Highland Park
Lindell Loveless, Gillespie
Jon Musgrave, Marion
Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Patricia Walton, Hanover Park
John Weck, Sycamore
Dennis Williams, Quincy
Robyn Williams, Harrisburg
Randall Witter, Springfield

            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

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

May-June 2004Volume 7 Number 3


3       President's message

4       Letters

5       News

20    The genealogist: Testing your DNA


6       Disco Demolition Night Doubleheader turns disaster at Comiskey Park

10    The fate of Jeremiah Boyd A tale of kidnapping and murder in Old Galena

17    Freedom farm Morgan County Historical Society purchases Underground Railroad site

21    2004 Annual AIMHS award winners

26    Twice blessed Society receives rare Altgeld portrait and offer to restore it


25    An appeal for freedom Dred and Harriet Scott: A Family's Struggle for Freedom


27    New members

28    From the archives

"New Salem Summer," photograph by Gale Myers. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


The 105th annual meeting of the Illinois State Historical Society, held this year in the beautful Fox River Valley, is already a fond memory as we move into the season of summer festivals, rendezvous, and reenactments. It is a time for traveling Illinois, from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Garden of the Gods, with a thousand rest stops—and more than 400 historical markers—between. When planning your trips this summer, look for these miniature history lessons along the way. To find out where they are, visit the Society's website at

The May-June issue of Illinois Heritage is all over the Prairie State map too, with armchair adventures to Galena, Chicago, Jacksonville, and several other locales. In "History online," Mark Sorensen

surfs the web for outstanding Illinois outings. Be sure to read our new genealogy column, this one written by Jeanette O'Boyle of Murphysboro, who shares her recent research into DNA testing for family historians. This issue also features one of the Society's newest acquisitions—an 1898 oil portrait of Governor John Peter Altgeld—and how that painting has been restored thanks to the generosity of art conservator Barry Bauman.

Explore your Illinois Heritage. Plan your historic adventures now. And keep in mind the Centennial Awards banquet in October and the Illinois History Symposium in December. We'd love to see you there.

William Furry

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