Stephenson County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner
This year saw the demolition of Freeport’s old City Hall, built in 1899. It was a sad event for many historically-minded citizens. Fortunately, the original time capsule was located, saved, and donated to the Stephenson County Historical Society. At this year’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, the Stephenson County Historical Society will reveal those contents for the first time since they were tucked away and sealed within the walls of that building 120 years ago.
Join us for a celebration of Illinois history and the people that help tell the story of the Prairie State. Dinner and awards banquet in Menard County, Illinois, home of the New Salem State Historic Site.
Volume 21, No. 4
David Joens serves as guest editor of this issue of Illinois Heritage. His gifts of enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for the history of our Prairie State––and most especially his love of the architectural wonders of our Illinois statehouse––make him a splendid guide. To accomplish his task he has enlisted the help of John Lupton, director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historical Society; Mark Sorensen, past ISHS president and ex officio historian of the capitol; and illustrator William Crook Jr., who has shared one of his exquisite watercolor/pen and ink portraits of the statehouse for our cover. David also tells the story of a twelve-year collaboration between the ISHS and the Illinois House of Representatives to restore an amazing 19th-century montage that now hangs in the state capitol. The montage features individual photos of the entire 1879 House of Representatives.
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