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Illinois Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 4, July–August 2007
Illinois Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 4, July–August 2007

Illinois Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 4, July–August 2007



Table of Contents




  • Letters
  • News
  • From the archives
  • Obituary: Gunnar Benson (1910-2007)
  • The honor roll




  • Boz in Egypt: At the height of his popularity English novelist Charles Dickens visited southern Illinois and the American Bottom. It was the ultimate disappointment in a tour that started well in Boston and went downhill from there
  • Letters from home: "Excuse this bad scribble as I am hard at work shucking corn"
  • Orndorff Scholarship winner Rumble in the Wigwam: The Republican National Convention of 1860 and the Story of the City That Shaped It
  • Sculpting Lincoln, Part 5: "Lincoln the Orator," and "Lincoln at the Crossroads of Decision"
  • A memorable spring for markers



Book Reviews

  • Dreaming the future
  • Road tripping



On the cover: An artist's conception of what Cairo, Illinois, might have looked like in 1840 if developers' dreams had been realized. It was not the Cairo visited by Charles Dickens. Illustration courtesy of Herbert Channick.



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