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The Illinois State Historical Society
President: Marvin W. Ehlers, Deerfield
Vice President: Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Treasurer: Arthur M. Martin, Chicago
Secretary: Russell Lewis, Chicago
Directors: Terms Expire in 2007
Michael Batinski, Carbondale
John Craig, Springfield
Elaine Egdorf, Homewood
Shirley Portwood, Godfrey
Theodore Wachholz, Arlington Heights
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
William Furry, Executive Director
Mary Lou Johnsrud, Office Manager
            Advisory Board 2006-2007
Roger Biles, Normal
David Brady, Springfield
Charles Burgess, Bethalto
Roger Bridges, Bloomington
Terri Cameron, Springfield
Don Cavallini, Lexington
Roland Cross, Springfield
Mary "Happy" Dean, Peoria
Larry Douglas, Belknap
James Edstrom, Buffalo Grove
Stuart Fliege, Springfield
Wolf Fuhrig, Jacksonville
Gerald Hulslander, Marseilles
D. Bradford Hunt, Chicago
David Joens, Springfield
Patricia Miller, Champaign
Ellsworth Mills II, Highland
Park Lisa Oppenheim, Chicago
James W Patton III, Leland Grove
John Pearson, Chicago
Charlotte Renehan, Grayslake
William Steinbacher-Kemp, Normal
Robert Swenson, Carbondale
Timothy Townsend, Springfield
Ronald Vasile, Lockport
Gary Vitale, Springfield
Warren Winston, Pittsfield
            Living Past Presidents
Alexander Summers, San Diego, CA 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

Illinois Heritage
A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society
March-April 2007                                                                                  Volume 10 Number 2

4    News
27  The Honor Roll
8    Alton's POWs The state's first penitentiary was unfit for prisoners when it closed in 1860. Then came the Civil War
13   Letter from the past Society receives correspondence from a founder
14   Rockwell Mound Reflecting on the past at a favorite swimming hole
16   A logical alma mater: Abraham Lincoln and Illinois Colleg
19   Teaching history
20   Sculpting Lincoln, Part 3 "Lincoln the Debater" and "Springfield's Lincoln"

24  Obituary - John T. Trutter
Book Reviews
25  Whig Wag
On the Cover:
In 1910, the Daughters of the Confederacy remembered the Alton prisoners of war and the 1,300 rebels wh died at the Alton prison with a towering memorial obelisk, located in North Alton Cemetery. Photo courtesy Terri Cameron.

Editor's Note:
With this issue of Illinois Heritage we continue our series devoted to specific regions of our Prairie State, in this case west-central Illinois. Guest editor Chris Young, who grew up in Chicago but taught history at Jacksonville's MacMurray College before moving on to Indiana University Northwest last year, has assembled a fascinating collection of articles from several outstanding scholars, and the topics are sure to delight. In addition, we've included a new feature in this issue: restaurant reviews. We hope you enjoy this armchair excursion into "Forgottonia" and will share your comments with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
William Furry

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