OFFICERS FOR 2019-2020
At its annual meeting on
Tuesday, June 18, members of the Sangamon County Historical
Society elected officers to lead the Society in 2019-2020.
Incumbent Vicky Whitaker was re-elected to a second one-year term
as president. Whitaker previously
served as vice-president and is editor of the Society's monthly
Stephanie Martin, who previously served on the board
and chaired the Society's membership committee, was elected
vice-president. Mary Mucciante, who also served as a director of
the Society, was elected secretary. Incumbent Jerry Smith was
Society's 15 board of directors serve staggered three-year terms.
When board vacancies arise, candidates can seek to fill the
remainder of the term. Elected
to the board for a three year term ending in 2022 were Jennie
Battles, Kathy Dehen, Mary Schaefer, Larry Stone, Angela
Weiss. Elected to fill a one-year vacancy on the board ending
in 2020 was Elaine Hoff.
For a full list of the 2019-2020 officers, board and committees go
to CONTACT US.
election was held at the Society's annual dinner held at the
Pleasant Plains Historical Society's Clayville Historic Site in
Pleasant Plains,15 miles west of Springfield.
evening began with a pre-dinner gathering in the new covered
outdoor pavilion adjoining the air-conditioned Cunningham Barn
which housed the business and dinner portion of the meeting.
Historian and past president David Scott was the keynote speaker
whose talk focused on the forces that shaped Illinois. Following
the meeting, attendees were given a tour of the site that included
the restored Broadwell Tavern, a former inn and stagecoach stop
built in 1824 that’s listed on the National Register of Historic
Photos by Kathy Dehen
FIVE COMMUNITY GROUPS WIN
SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS AWARD
of the Sangamon County Historical Society's Special Projects
Grants were announced June 18 at the Society's Annual Dinner, held
this year at the Clayville Historic Site in Pleasant Plains.
Using a PowerPoint
display that illustrated each proposal, Elaine Hoff,
chair of the Society's Special Projects Grants committee, revealed
the names of each recipient and introduced representatives of the
organizations who attended the event as guests of the Society.
They, in turn, provided dinner goers with details of their
Central 3 Community First Project Inc., $1,000.
Project: Signage for first black firehouse in Springfield
describing its history and role in the 1908 race riot. An
architectural drawing of the new façade will be added following
completion of restoration.
Central Illinois African American History Museum,: $1,000.
Project: Exhibit on the national Negro League players from
Springfield and Central Illinois and their impact on area
Historical Society, $500. (Catlin Memorial Award)
Project: Refine and rebuild wheel chair ramps to three
historic buildings at its Clayville Historic Site. One award each
year is designated the Donna Catlin Memorial Award in memory of
the Society's late photographer, Donna Catlin who was widely known
for her photographs of historic sites, amiong them Clayville.
Oak Ridge National
Project: Create an interpretive marker with historical
information about the former third street enrance sign (circa
1900), now restored and ready for display at the cemetery bell
Association/Historic Edwards Place, $500.
Project: Traveling history trunk program to bring history
into the classroom.
(If you'd like to
know more about the Society's Special Project Grants program and
read more the past projects that have been funded, see GRANTS).
COMMITTEE MEETS TO SHAPE
17th ANNUAL OAK RIDGE CEMETERY WALK
the Society's Annual Echoes of Yesteryear Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk
on Sunday, October 6, have begun, kicked off in May with site
selections, followed by a committee meeting in June that included
the first trial walk, all underscoring the areas it must address
in planning an event that continues to break attendance records.
In addition to chairperson Mary Alice Davis (seated,
center), members of the committee are (from left) Jerry Smith,
Jennie Battles, Linda Schneider, Ruth Slottag, Susan Helm, Mike
Kienzler, Ernie Slottag, Pete Harbison and Mike Lelys, executive director of Oak
Ridge. Also serving on the committee but not pictured are Curtis
Mann and Larry Stone.
free and open to the public, will have stops at the grave sites of
six early Sangamon County residents who have schools named for
them and a seventh stop at the grave site of the first woman
elected to the Springfield school board. Dressed in period
costumes, re-enactors at each site will take the audience back to
an earlier time, providing insight into the personal lives of the
individuals they are portraying based on extensive historic
will run from Noon to 4 p.m., with the last tour starting at 3:15
The 365-acre Oak Ridge Cemetery, bordered on the west by North J.
David Jones Parkway (North Walnut Street) and North First Street
on the east in Springfield, is the largest municipal cemetery in
Illinois and is the second most visited cemetery in the United
States after Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
will be transported by bus from the start of the tour at the Oak
Ridge Bell Tower, to the first gravesite, then walk to the other
gravesites before boarding the bus to return down the hill to the
starting point, a distance of about a half mile.
walk, attendees will be able to purchase both publications from
the Society and snacks from the Springfield and Central Illinois
African American History Museum. They also will be able to view
the reproduction of Lincoln's funeral hearse from the P.J. Staab
Family Funeral Home that was created for the Lincoln Funeral
Reenactment in May 2015 on the 150th anniversary of the
President's funeral. (The original was destroyed by fire in 1887).
cemetery walk, co-sponsored by the Society and Oak Ridge Cemetery,
was held annually for 12 years beginning in 1996 and ending in
2008. It was brought back five years ago by popular demand.
EIGHTH ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT
Trivia fans will have lots of time to put on their thinking caps.
Fresh from its most successful Trivia Night to date, the Society has set the date for its 2020 version: Saturday, March 21.
"The location, Parish Hall at Christ the King Church in
Springfield (right), will remain the same," says Mary Alice Davis, co-chair of the Society's Programs & Events committee who has guided the event since its inception.
"This is our major fundraiser that helps underwrite our Special Projects Grant program, so we wanted to make sure that the date is on the radar, especially among die-hard trivia players who look forward to our event." Doors will open at 6 p.m. and as in past years, you'll be able to reserve and pay for tables of and individual seats on line or by mail. "It's always a fun night," Davis adds.