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The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

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


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

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

William Furry, Executive Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager

          Advisory Board 2004-2005
Leah Axelrod, Highland Park
David Badillo, Oak Park
David Brady, Springfield
Terri Cameron, Springfield
Don Cavallini, Lexington
Herbert Channick, Highland Park
John Craig, Springfield
James Edstrom, Buffalo Grove
Redd Griffin, Oak Park
Gerald Hulslander, Marseilles
D. Rradford Hunt, Chicago
David Joens, Springfield
Ann Durkin Keating, Chicago
Alfred Klairmont, Highland Park
Jon Musgrave, Marion
Charlotte Renehan, Grayslake
John Power, Jacksonville
William Steinbacher-Kemp, Normal
Timothy Townsend, Springfield
Dennis Williams, Quincy
Robyn Williams, Harrisburg
Warren Winston, Pittsfield

          Living Past Presidents    
Alexander Summers, San Diego, CA
Gunnar 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
David W. Scott, Springfield

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

November-December 2005                                                                               Volume 8 Number 6


3        President's message

4        Letters

5        News

23     The Honor Roll


6        State Historical Society hosts 2005 Centennial Awards Banquetih0511tc-5.jpg

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"Religion and Society,"
complete schedule of the 26th annual Illinois History Symposium

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Potawatomi or notami?

22     "Prairie Thunder" rolls into Bloomington


The steeple of Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, photo courtesy RMD Gallery and Framing Studio.


2005 is almost history and the Illinois State Historical Society has done its part to make it a little more memorable.

But the year won't end until the 2005 Illinois History Symposium concludes on Statehood Day, December 3. This year's symposium, "Religion and Society," will be held at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield and is co-hosted by Illinois College, the state's oldest institution of higher learning. Admission is by donation this year, but we are encouraging everyone who plans to attend to register in advance to help us prepare. Please use the registration form in this issue (or a copy).

Our symposium features more than 22 sessions, as well as tours of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Old State Capitol, and Illinois State Military Museum. Our symposium banquet will be held at the Illinois Governors Mansion on Thursday evening, December 1, and will feature a keynote address by Father George Lane, director of Loyola University Press, who will discuss the restoration of Holy Family Church, the oldest parish in Chicago. Please join us for a remarkable weekend of Prairie State History in Springfield.

To help you plan your next year with the Society we've included our 2006 Illinois Visions Calendar. Pick a date—any date—and make history with your Illinois State Historical Society.

William Furry
Editor and Executive Director

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