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The Illinois State Historical Society

President: John Weck, Sycamore
Vice President: Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Treasurer: Arthur M. Martin, Chicago
Secretary: Russell Lewis, Chicago

Directors: Terms Expire in 2008
Alberta Adamson, Wheaton
Roger Biles, Normal
Lawrence Hansen, River Forest
Patricia Walton, Hanover Park
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

Directors: Terms Expire in 2010
Terri Cameron, Springfield
John Craig, Springfield
Larry Douglas, Belknap
Stu Fliege, Springfield
Dave Joens, Springfield

William Furry, Executive Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager

            Advisory Board 2007-2008
Michael Batinski, Carbondale
Charles Burgess, Bethalto
Roland Cross, Springfield
Suzanne Dietrich, Edwardsville
Tim Draper, Sugar Grove
Elaine Egdorf, Homewood
Annemarie Erickson, Bloomingdale
Dow Grider, Sherman
Jeff Lightfoot, Springfield
Lisa Oppenheim, Chicago
James W. Patton III, Springfield
John Pearson, Chicago
Shirley Portwood, Godfrey
Robert Swenson, Carbondale
Charles Titus, Charleston
Ronald Vasile, Downers Grove
Gary Vitale, Springfield
Theodore Wachholz, Arlington Heights
Doug Whitley, Batavia
Muriel Wilson, Chicago

            Living Past Presidents
Victor Hicken, Macomb
Katie Fiene Birchler, Chester
Samuel Lilly, Downers Grove
David J. Maurer, Charleston
Wilma Lund, Springfield
Patricia Wallace-Christian, Madison, CT
Mark A. Plummer, Normal
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
Marvin Ehlers, Deerfield

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society

Jan-February 2007                                                                                   Volume 10 Number 1

3     Letters

3     News

31  Membership report

5     Lincoln's Bloomington Outside of Springfield, no community had a greater influence on the life of the prairie lawye.

11  Sculpting Lincoln: Paths of conviction, footsteps of fate

12  Sculpting Lincoln: Lincoln the lawyer

13  2007 Illinois Symposium schedule

21  The Klan comes to Lexington In the 1920's, the KKK looked to solid citizens and the clergy to promote "moral" values

25  The county atlas: The high point in American cartography

29  Portuguese on the prairie

30  Bloody valentine

Greetings from the McLean County Museum of History! Last year William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, invited me to serve as an Illinois Heritage guest editor. I accepted the offer, knowing I could use the opportunity to introduce ISHS members to our museum's many award-winning exhibits and programs.

Founded in 1892, the museum (formerly known as the McLean County Historical Society) is the second oldest historical society in the state. Since 1984, we have been accredited by the American Association of Museums, and in 1992, we moved to the Old Courthouse in the heart of historic downtown Bloomington.

In the past fiscal year, nearly 20,000 people toured our museum, including 4,800 schoolchildren. We served an additional 11,000 people off-site, including 5,500 who attended our annual Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk, an event widely considered the "granddaddy" of cemetery walk programs. Our curator oversees a collection of 18,000 abjects, and the archival collection spans more than 1,400 linear feet. The holdings of the museum's local history and genealogy research library include more than 10,000 books, 10 percent of which are unique to our collection.

The three main features in this issue—Guy Fraker's survey of Abraham Lincoln's numerous connections to Bloomington; Terri Clemens' examination of the Ku Klux Klan's popularity in central Illinois during the 1920s; and William D. Walters Jr.'s overview of the utility and beauty of county atlases—reflect the ongoing research that involves McLean County topics and our collections.

Not only do we offer a wealth of primary and secondary source material illuminating the rich history of McLean County, we also pride ourselves in linking our county's story to that of the state, nation, and even the world. If you find yourself in Bloomington-Normal, or are merely passing through, please come and pay us a visit.

-Guest Editor
Bill Steinbacher-Kemp
Librarian / Archivist
McLean County Museum of History

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