WHERE AND HOW TO FIND US
The Sangamon County Historical Society has no physical office (unless you consider a post office box an office, but that would be pretty cramped). Except for a brief experiment several years ago, thanks to modern technology, we haven't needed a place to store a desk, coat rack and filing cabinets. We use the post office, the internet and a cellphone as our primary means of communication.
Important historical documents and our publications can be found in the Sangamon Valley Collection at the City of Springfield's Lincoln Library, 327 Seventh Street, which we helped create in the 1970s and continue to support. It occupies a substantial part of the library building and is a goldmine of information about Sangamon County and its people.
If you're looking for information about specific topics, be sure to check out our on-line and searchable encyclopedia of Sangamon County history,
SangamonLink.org, which is constantly updated and expanding. You can also view current and archived copies of our monthly newsletter by year by going to
HOW TO REACH US BY MAIL:
Our snail-mail postal address is:
Sangamon County Historical Society
Springfield, IL 62791-9744
Our e-mail address is:
All e-mail correspondence to the Society,
its officers and committee chairs can be directed to that address.
..AND BY PHONE:
Our telephone number is
WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS
The Society holds regular program meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. It takes a break from programs in December (when it usually gathers for a Holiday Party) and in July
Most meetings are free and open to the public and are held starting at 5:30
p.m. in Carnegie Room North at the City of Springfield's Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street, Springfield. Free underground parking is available after 5 p.m. or you can park on the street. The Society also offers specialized tours of the area's historic sites. In some cases, that may limit the number of visitors the site can handle, requiring us to offer it as a Members Only event that requires pre-registration on-line or by phone.
Special events such as the Holiday Party, Trivia Night, and our Annual Dinner require a fee.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
If weather conditions call for it, the Society could cancel a meeting or a special event. And if that happens, an announcement to that effect will be posted by 3 p.m. of the day of the
meeting/event several different ways. Notices initially will be posted on our main website, sangamonhistory.org and on our phone, 217-525-1961 by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting or
event. This should give you ample time to change plans. Where possible, we will also post any cancellation notices on media websites and request that they be broadcast through local radio
and television outlets.
MEET THE SOCIETY BOARD
The Society is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the five officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and the immediate past president) and fifteen directors.
The officers are elected each year. Directors are elected for a three year terms with one third elected each year. Elections are held at the Society's annual meeting in June. Our fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31.
Treasurer……….... Jerry Smith
Immediate Past President....Ruth Slottag
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Director, Term ending in 2022
Director, Term ending in 2021
Mary Alice Davis
Director, Term Ending in 2020
2019-2020 STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS, CO-CHAIRS
Finance: Doug Polite, Larry Stone
Governmental/Community Affairs: Ruth Slottag
Historico: Vicky Whitaker, editor
Hospitality: Marion Leach
Legal: Bruce Beeman
Membership: Stephanie Martin, Kathy Hoffmann
Nominating: Mary Alice Davis
Oral History Project: Angela Weiss
Programs/Special Events: Mary Alice Davis, Vicky Whitaker
Publications/Technical: Roger Whitaker
Publicity/Marketing: Ruth Slottag, Susan Helm
Sites: Kathy Dehan, Roni Betts
Social Media: Mary Schaefer
Special Project Grants: Elaine Hoff
Mike Kienzler, SangamonLink.org, Editor