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War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book Lincoln...

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War World 1 ambulance driver from Springfield subject of new book

Lincoln Land Community College Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. The presentation is being held in the Trutter Center. The public is invited to the free event. Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler.
Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an
ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War. In “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” Professor McDonald provides commentary and a personal account of someone serving on the Great War’s front lines through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Mr. Hagler. Mr. Hagler came from a prominent family in Springfield. He left Springfield for Harvard University where, after being denied entry into the United States military forces, he decided to become a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service. Over a two-year period, Mr. Hagler sent home many letters
describing his experiences in the First World War. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for
purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--M...

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I am pleased to report that the Illinois State Historical Society trivia team--Marissa DeWeese, Larry Kienzler, Tom Wood, and Sam and Bill Furry--came in second place at the Sangamon County Historical Society Trivia night on Saturday, March 21. We lost out to the Nefarious Trivia Trolls of Table 3, who took an early lead, and like a group of hungry termites, cleared the forest of competition. It was not pretty, but it was decisive, although in the 7th round a five-way tie for third place put everyone on the offense. Congrats to all players, and to the Lincoln Troubadours, who were the big winners!

Quite a gathering of young Lincoln scholars and interpreters! Thanks to Curt Fox...

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Quite a gathering of young Lincoln scholars and interpreters! Thanks to Curt Fox for sharing this story, printed in the Lincoln Daily News.

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LINCOLN - Friday morning, fifth grade classes from Northwest, Washington Monroe, and Central schools traveled to the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College to take part in “A Walk Through the 1860’s.”

24 Illinois sites added to National Register Historic Preservation Agency helps...

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24 Illinois sites added to National Register
Historic Preservation Agency helps place 24 Illinois sites on National Register in 2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s efforts to preserve and promote the state’s heritage paid off last year with 14 buildings, eight historic districts and two archaeological sites being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings and neighborhoods are scattered from Chicago to Springfield to East St. Louis. They include family homes, warehouses and government buildings. They relate to Abraham Lincoln, racial integration, Native American art, the role of immigrants in building Illinois and much more.

Sites are added to the register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which houses the state’s Historic Preservation Office.

“Reading the list of sites added to the National Register last year really drives home what a wonderful legacy we enjoy in Illinois,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “Preserving historic buildings and districts helps communities stay vibrant, and this agency is proud to help the people and organizations that work so hard to make that happen.”

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Thousands of Illinois historic and prehistoric places have been designated, and more places are added each year by applicants who want the prestige, financial benefits and protections that National Register designation provides.

Every one of the 102 Illinois counties has at least one property or historic district listed in the National Register. Together, they represent a cross section of the Prairie State's history from its early settlement to the mid-20th century. In general, properties have to be more than 50 years old to be eligible. Listing on the National Register places no obligations on private property owners but does make properties eligible for some financial incentives.

The 2014 additions to the National Register from Illinois include:

David Hall House, Lake Villa
The David Hall House, designed by Chicago architect Ralph Wesley Varney, is an inventive melding of early 20th century revival and Art Deco styles. Art Deco was rarely employed for residential architecture, particularly since the style’s popularity generally shadowed the Great Depression when fewer new homes were constructed.

Elgin Downtown Historic District, Elgin
This area served as the community’s first major business center, from early shops of the 19th century to department and chain stores of the 20th. It also was the transportation and government heart of the community. The district contains a significant number of historic commercial structures.

William and Helen Coffeen House, Hinsdale
The Coffeen House and its coach house are outstanding works by master architect George W. Maher. Designed in 1899, they represent a pivotal period in the evolution of his Prairie School design. The house displays the simple unadorned forms and complex details in stained glass and carved wood that Maher was developing as hallmarks of his work.

Chrysler Village, Chicago
Chrysler Village exemplifies a fundamental but often unacknowledged moment in the history of housing: the partnership between private developers and the federal government to house war-industries workers during World War II. The area was named for the nearby Dodge-Chrysler Plant, home to the production of engines for the B-29 Superfortress.

Oak Park Village Hall, Oak Park
Oak Park Village Hall played a key role in the village’s struggle to halt white flight. Oak Park received national attention for the way it inspire
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