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Illinois Heritage, Vol. 11, No. 4, July–August 2008
Illinois Heritage, Vol. 11, No. 4, July–August 2008

Illinois Heritage, Vol. 11, No. 4, July–August 2008



Table of Contents




  • To our readers
  • President’s message
  • Letters
  • News
  • The honor roll
  • From the archives




  • Lincoln in sculpture, Part 11
  • First-class art: Documenting Depression-era art in Illinois post office
  • Bench marker: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Samuel Hubbel Treat gets a tombstone, 197 years his death
  • Heritage harvest: A visit to DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm
  • The “Goddess” of mercy: How Minnie Vautrin saved 10,000 lives during the Rape of Nanking
  • Lincoln in Macon County, Part 3: “The Rail-splitter”




  • A voice for peace



On the cover: Portrait of Minnie Vautrin, the American educator and missionary who witnessed the 1937 Rape of Nanking and earned the title “Goddess of Mercy” from the more than 10,000 women whose lives she saved. Vautrin was born in Secor, Illinois, a small town between Bloomington and Peoria. Photo courtesy of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.



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