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The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

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

William Furry, Executive Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager

          Advisory Board 2004-2005
Alberta 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
Gunrtar Benson, Sterling
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

May-June 2005                                                                        Volume 8 Number 3


4        Letters

4        News

31     The honor roll


7        Marking Illinois History
The Illinois State Historical Society's Markers Awareness Week

10     A tomb for all time
Governor Richard J. Oglesby and the battle over the Lincoln gravesite

15     Looking for Lincoln
An eyewitness account of the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, April 19, 2005

20     Historic Pullman's other architect: Nathan Franklin Barrett

26     Genealogy
In search of my grandmother

Book Reviews

28     The New Town Square: Museums and Communities in Transition

29     Journey to Cahokia: A Boy's Visit to the Great Mound City

On the cover

Abraham Lincoln lies in state at City Hall in New York City, April 24, 1865. Photo courtesy The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To our readers:

The lilacs are blooming in my backyard, an aromatic echo of Walt Whitman's poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln. In the May-June issue of Illinois Heritage, former ISHS President Mark A. Plummer examines the events of 140 years ago through the life of Richard J. Oglesby, Lincoln s friend and Illinois' first three-term governor, who brought Lincoln's body back to Springfield. He explores the nation's efforts to build a fitting memorial for our sixteenth president and recounts the trials with Mary Lincoln over where her husband would be buried. We are pleased to present this fascinating story, which was delivered as the keynote address for the 2005 banquet of the Abraham Lincoln Association, held in Springfield last February.

In "Historic Pullman's Other Architect," Arthur Melville Pearson introduces us to Nathan Franklin Barrett, the young, visionary architect to whom George Pullman entrusted the landscape design for "The World's Most Perfect Town." Although Barrett has all but faded from the national memory, his pastoral parklets and gardens continue to inspire and delight visitors from around the world, and Illinois is blessed to showcase his work in Pullman.

Also in this issue, author and poet Dan Guillory shares his take on the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, former state legislator Redd Griffin recounts the highlights of Historical Markers Awareness Week, and genealogist Marianne Goss goes searching for her grandmother, who died in childbirth.

Smell the lilacs. Reflect on your heritage.

William Furry


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