Public Library keeps its history alive
much has changed since the Lincoln Public Library was completed in
1902, if some of its earliest patrons could step into the main
building, they would probably feel quite at home. At least at first
glance, they would not see much difference between the way the
building looks today and the way it looked almost a hundred years ago.
patron of 1902 would walk into the vestibule and see the original
fleur-de-lis pattern of green, ivory and brick mosaic tile. Inside, he
or she would see the same semi-circular wooden main desk with the same
metal stacks behind it. Over the desk is the original mural that
credits Andrew Carnegie and Judge Stephen Foley with providing the
impressive new building to the city of Lincoln.
either side of the desk, reading areas with sturdy oak tables holding
lamps with green glass shades would look much like they did 98 years
ago. The wall fixtures would look familiar, too, but the early patron
might expect to see gas lights instead of electric ones. Although all
but one of the lamps and wall lights are new, they were made to
replicate the original fixtures.
early 20th century patron would also see the same stained-glass
ceiling dome with the same circular woodwork patterns, which are
repeated in the ceilings of the two wings on either side of the
entrance. The oak wainscot and woodwork would look as it did when the
building was new, thanks to recent restoration and cleaning. The early
patron would see the same oak tables and chairs in both the east and
west wings and in the Scully room, along with some new Mission-style
chairs with leather cushions.
[The black-and-white photo shows
view of the Lincoln Public Library, taken
from the west wing, as it looked
sometime between 1913 and 1917.
The color picture shows how it looks today.]
[The black-and-white photo of the
Lincoln Public Library was taken
sometime between 1913 and 1917.
The well-preserved and maintained
building looks much the same today.]
for its landscaping and surroundings, the front of the building would
also look much the same. The brick building was designed in the
"grand" or neoclassical-classical architectural style,
popular for public buildings at the turn of the last century, and set
a half story above grade in "temple" style, to make it
visually significant and easily identifiable. It has a portico with
four classical columns and steps the width of the portico. The central
double door of oak and glass is still original.
building this solidly constructed is rarely seen today, and it has
never been ‘modernized,’ so its integrity has been well
maintained," said Richard Sumrall, library director. It was named
to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
early patron would, however, see some differences. The west wing,
which was the children’s library in early days, is now filled with
adult books. The original wide plank floors are gone, replaced by
carpeting and a walkway of mosaic tile that matches the color of the
original tile in the vestibule. The library board decided to add tile
in the main building when carpeting was removed and they discovered
the original vestibule floor, Sumrall said.
patron of the past might be surprised to learn the library could no
longer accommodate all its holdings or serve all its patrons in the
original building and purchased the building directly behind it,
across the alley, to house a very modern-looking children’s
department and the adult popular collection.
the library was built in 1902 (and formally dedicated in 1903), the
city of Lincoln has actually had a library of sorts since 1874. In
that year, a group called the Lincoln Library Association, headed by
Colonel Robert B. Latham, was incorporated for the express purpose of
"averting and counteracting the evils of intemperance,"
according to the book "The Carnegie Library in Illinois," by
Raymond and Linda LaPuma Bial.
Lincoln women sold 144 shares at $10 each. Albert B. Jones was elected
librarian for the sum of $150 a year, and the library opened on August
29 in a building on Kickapoo Street. Stockholders paid $2 a year for
each share of stock they owned, an income which supported the library
in the beginning. Later the school board also appropriated money,
thereby entitling high school students to use the facility, according
to Bial and Bial.
April of 1895, the Lincoln Library Association presented all its
property, about 3,000 books, to the city of Lincoln, which would
provide a room for the library in the soon-to-be built City Hall. In
1897 Miss Isabel Nash, a former librarian, "bequeathed the site
of her little home, the sum total of her earthly possessions, to the
city of Lincoln for library purposes," the Bials report. Two
years later, Mrs. Louise Scully gave the library $2,000 to purchase
more books. In 1901 the city council found it necessary to appropriate
$2,500 to support the library.
same year, no doubt because of the hard work of librarian Ida Webster,
Mayor William Jones and Judge Stephen A. Foley, Lincoln became the
sixth city in Illinois to receive a grant to build a new library from
Andrew Carnegie. The sum was $25,000. Carnegie, a former steel tycoon,
contributed more than $41 million to the construction of 1,679 public
library buildings in the United States.
Carnegie grant and a gift of $5,000 from Judge Foley, the city of
Lincoln was able to construct the present library on the site of Miss
Nash’s home. For a time, the library provided materials to the
public schools in Lincoln. Miss Webster, who had served the library
for 55 years, retired in 1950. In 1969 the library joined the Rolling
Prairie Library System in Decatur, and in 1974 opened a children’s
library and community room in the remodeled basement level. The
Library Annex, formerly the Woolworth Building, was purchased in 1993
and opened in 1995.
patron of 98 years ago would be surprised to learn that the 3,000
books from the early years have grown to a collection of about 45,000;
that the cost to support the library has become about $500,000 a year;
and that today there are almost 12,000 people who are registered
members of the Lincoln Public Library.
Club reports on May meeting
Zonta Club of Lincoln met Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks
Club. Officers and new board members were installed and new members
initiated. New officers are Linda Ruff, president; Mary Thomas George,
vice president; Pat Shay, secretary; and Kay Bauer, treasurer. Marilyn
Armbrust, Marilyn Weingarz and Pete Smiley are new board members. New
members initiated were Joyce Leesman and Lenore Holmes.
scholarships winners are Nathan Morrow, Casey Davis, Keenan Leesman
and Heather Holmes.
Sagins was the top fund-raiser at the recent Relay for Life of the
American Cancer Society, and the Zonta team placed third. Team members
were Mary Thomas George, Vera Thomas, Janet Dahmm, Janet Klockenga,
Anne Sagins, Jan Sielaff, Sharon Awe, Kay Bauer and Mary Bruns. Ann
Elliott, daughter of Zonta member Kathy Elliott, recorded a CD,
"All is Well," to honor her mother, and donated all proceeds
from sales to the American Cancer Society.
next Zonta meeting, the annual potluck picnic, will be Tuesday, June
13, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Susan Harmon. Scholarship winners will
be special guests. Secret sisters from last year will be revealed, new
secret sister names drawn, and there will be a white elephant auction.
LJHS students attend Governor’s Teen Summit
Junior High School students Cara Brewer, Samantha Hudelson and Stephie
Humble of Lincoln attended the Governor’s Teen Summit in Springfield
early this week. Students from all over the state were chosen to
attend and voice their opinions about alcohol, tobacco and other
drugs. Selection was based on essays written by the students
explaining their reasons for wanting to participate in the summit.
on a second essay she wrote, Samantha Hudelson was also chosen to be a
Teen Leader. She led a team of eight in a discussion of tobacco and
hard drugs. Samantha says the groups decided that the most effective
anti-drug ads were those that used scare tactics showing the dangers
of drugs. "It made me think, ‘Wow. I don’t want that to
happen to me.’"
three local students who attended are members of Helping Youth in a
Positive Environment (HYPE), and are graduating from LJHS today
the wake of the first Illinois death attributed to a new fad drug, PMA,
the teenagers gathered at the summit to tell officials what messages
will work to keep their age group from smoking, drinking or using
drugs. The consensus among the nearly 100 seventh through 10th
graders attending the two-day summit, organized by Governor Ryan, was
that anti-drug messages aimed at their age group need to show more of
the short- and long-term consequences "after the good time,"
give more facts and "shocking statistics," and point out
that "most people don’t do it."
First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan opened the meeting with a challenge for the
group. "What you choose is your choice," she told the young
audience. "You are bombarded with messages that tell you what to
do, what to wear, what to drink and where to go," she said,
adding, "We are here to ask what kinds of messages don’t help
you and what can we, as adults, do to help you make the best decisions
teens got right to work Sunday afternoon coming up with their
"rules" for the state to use when advertising or otherwise
communicating with teenagers about cigarettes, alcohol and other
their list was to not only tell teens to say "no," but to
show them realistic situations they can relate to and how to handle
them. They also said that more needs to be done to target parents to
get them to understand the importance of talking to their children
about how to handle situations and to be better role models when it
comes to smoking, drinking and drugs.
developing their advertising "rules," the summit
participants actually created their own no-use message ads.
group developed a print ad picturing a parent lying in a hospital bed,
child by her side, with the copy reading, "When you smoke, you
aren’t the only one who suffers."
television commercial another group wrote was of a beauty pageant
contestant who smiles to reveal yellow teeth. The host, wearing a gas
mask, asks about her new perfume. In answer to a question about what
she does in her spare time, the contestant remarks, "I’ve
managed to isolate myself from my family and friends, plus I spend
most of my paycheck to support my addiction."
addition to offering their suggestions to the state about what kinds
of messages teens need to hear about drugs, they participated in a
freewheeling town hall meeting. Moderator Merri Dee, director of
community relations at WGN-TV, Chicago, engaged the group in a
discussion that ranged from what they think is the right age to begin
talking to children about drugs to how they feel when they see adults
around them smoking, drinking or using drugs.
Research Unlimited, a Northbrook-based research company specializing
in the teen market, designed the summit program to elicit specific
information that will be used by the state to design a social
marketing campaign aimed at reducing teen drug use through prevention.
Governor’s Teen Summit was organized as part of the state’s
Futures for Kids program, the statewide resource for programs and
policies related to the health, safety and education of infants,
children and teens. Students were selected through applications sent
to InTouch offices around the state.
school volleyball meeting scheduled
will be an informational meeting Wednesday, May 31, for ninth to 12th
graders interested in playing high school volleyball. After the
meeting at 6 p.m., the girls will scrimmage until 8 p.m. The parents
and players will have a chance to meet the coaches and ask questions.
For more information, call Charissa Howe, head coach, at the high
school. Leave a message on her voice mail at 732-4131, extension 345.
blood drives scheduled
Lutheran Church, 2320 N. Kickapoo in Lincoln, will host an American
Red Cross blood drive Thursday, June 1, from 12 to 6 p.m.
blood drives in June will be at the Lincoln Sports Complex. The drive
Wednesday, June 7, will be from 12 to 6 p.m. Another will be
Wednesday, June 21, from 12 to 5 p.m.
Peter’s Lutheran Church in Emden will host a blood drive Friday,
June 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.
have the opportunity every 56 days to touch someone’s life by giving
blood – the gift of life. If you wish to make an appointment for any
of these drives, you may call 800-728-3543, extension 1441.
May, the following persons reached goals in their blood donations:
Richard W. Reiners and Georgia Zeisneiss, five gallons each; L. Anders
and Diane Campbell, two gallons each; and Curtis Sutterfield, Julie
Albers and Patty Huffer, one gallon each.
Way announces golf outing
fourth annual golf outing for United Way of Logan County will be
Friday, June 2, at Lincoln Elk’s Country Club. Tee-off time for the
four-person best ball scramble is 12:30 p.m. Only soft spikes are
allowed. Fees are $75 per golfer, $300 per team and $50 to sponsor a
tee. The entry fee includes beverages, dinner and prizes. For an entry
form or further information, people can contact the United Way office
at 735-4499 or Ron Hall at 735-4072. The deadline to enter is May 31.
and congestive heart failure support groups offered
interested in joining a diabetes or congestive heart failure support
group is invited to attend an organizational meeting for the two
groups on Monday, June 5, in Conference Room A at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital. Family members are encouraged to attend.
support groups will establish regular meeting schedules during the
initial meeting. The support groups will discuss various topics
including medicine information, lifestyle changes and other topics
decided on by group members. For more information about either support
group, please call Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital at 217-732-2161,
accepts applications for summer teen volunteers
are currently being accepted for this summer’s teen volunteer
program at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
volunteers work throughout the hospital, performing a variety of
duties in many different departments. To be eligible for the
program, teens must be an eighth grade graduate and must complete
an application form that includes personal references. All teen
volunteers must also complete the training session scheduled on
Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the hospital.
are available at ALMH from Barbara Dahm, director of volunteer and
special services. Applications should be filled out and returned
in person to the volunteer office as soon as possible. A brief
interview will be conducted at that time. For more information,
call 217-732-2161, ext. 184.
Golf Outing scheduled
sixth annual Fore-ALMH Golf Outing will be Friday, June 23, at the Elk’s
Country Club golf course.
outing is a four-person scramble with a morning and afternoon shotgun
start. The $75 entry fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch and great
prizes. Proceeds for the event benefit the Care-A-Van non-emergency
transportation system of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH).
guests at this year’s outing include Denver Johnson, ISU football
coach; Sandra Dehner-Wheeler, State Farm Rail Classic LPGA director;
Jenny Yopp, ISU women’s basketball coach; and Lynn Baber, ISU
assistant women’s basketball coach.
registration and sponsorship information, please contact the Abraham
Lincoln Healthcare Foundation at 217-732-2161, extension 405.
Rotary Club honored for its community service
At its annual District
Conference in Champaign this past weekend, Rotary International gave
awards to area clubs. One of the winners was the Lincoln Rotary Club,
recognized for its service to the community.
one of its projects, the Lincoln club took a chartered bus-load of 20
economically disadvantaged District 27 students to a Cubs game in
Chicago. Local club member Gene Frioli was one of the adults who
accompanied the children on last summer’s bus trip. "For a lot
of these kids it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said
Frioli. "And what better way to spend a summer day than to watch
a ball game at historic Wrigley Field around some adults."
year’s Rotary bus trip is scheduled for Friday, July 21. The day’s
activities will also include a trip to Sears Tower.
second major project this year focuses on literacy and aims to help
kindergarteners and their families. The Lincoln Rotary Club will be
providing the book "Kindergarten Kids" to all incoming
kindergarten students in District 27, West Lincoln-Broadwell,
Chester-East Lincoln, Zion Lutheran and Carroll Catholic schools.
Youngsters and their parents can read the book together in the weeks
before school begins to better prepare the children for kindergarten
activities. A companion book, "When You Go to Kindergarten,"
will be provided for all the kindergarten teachers in the
community service projects for the Lincoln Rotary Club include
cleaning up the stretch of Lincoln Parkway from Union to Fifth Street,
and providing several scholarships to students from the community.
participate in Job Fair 2000
Graduating high school seniors and
other students participated in Job Fair 2000 at Lincoln College on May
23. The steering committee partnered with a variety of businesses,
agencies and institutions for the event, initiated through
Lincoln/Logan Promise. The program was "Marketable Skills Through
The students attended
sessions on planning, applying for, getting and keeping jobs. The
sessions included job resources, application blank completion, resume
and cover letter writing, job acceptance, budgetary considerations and
interpersonal skills for staying on the job. A formal luncheon
featured appropriate etiquette for dining with an employer. During the
luncheon, a style show of appropriate attire for the interview and for
work included cost-effective wardrobes obtained at local businesses.
After a presentation on what to do and what not to do when being
interviewed, a variety of business people conducted mock interviews to
give students experience.
Forty individuals from
25 organizations participated in the event, and 20 students were
involved in the activities. The steering committee and a group of high
school students called S.O.A.R. (Setting Our Actions Responsibly)
initiated the event. The goal was a project that resulted from a
national organization, America’s Promise, the Alliance for Youth,
which incorporates students and the community in activities that
inspire success for students. Financial supporters included Health
Families Task Force, Heartland Education-to-Careers Regional
Partnership, Heartland Tech Prep and Lincoln Kiwanis.
Illinois Bank opens Lincoln facility
for Central Illinois Bank announce the opening of their newest
facility located at 428 Keokuk, in Lincoln, Illinois.
staff includes Wally Reese, senior vice president business
development; Kay Bauer, retail banking officer; Cindy Anderson, teller
supervisor; and teller staff. Reese, well known in the Lincoln
community, was president of Magna Bank prior to joining Central
new facility is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby, and 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. in the drive-up lanes Monday through Friday. The phone number is
Illinois Bank is a full service bank offering a wide array of
commercial and personal financial services. Julie Dreesen, president
of Central Illinois Bank, said the company views Lincoln as an
excellent market, one that fits well into Central Illinois Bank’s
business banking approach. “Our growth in Central Illinois is
largely attributed to our commitment to commercial business
development. We believe that with Wally Reese’s leadership and
quality staff, we can achieve the growth and success we have realized
in similar communities”.
Illinois Bank has 18 locations throughout Central Illinois. The bank
reported assets of $769 million as of March 31. Central Illinois Bank
is a subsidiary of CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc. Total assets for the
corporation as of March 31 were $2 billion.
Open House Week is scheduled for May 22 – 26 during regular banking
hours. Stop in and meet the staff, register for door prizes and
more information, contact Julie Dreesen at (309) 699-3405 or Wanita
Thompson at (309) 862-0222.
helping hand at Crisis Pregnancy Center
a small office tucked inside the Arcade Building at 513 Pulaski St.,
frightened young women often find a shoulder to lean on and a helping
these women a place to turn to when faced with an unplanned pregnancy
is a group of local volunteers who give their time and emotional
support at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
is nothing like one-on-one contact and hugging somebody that's
terrified, calming them down and helping them out," said Jennifer
Boeke, who has been volunteering since January. Boeke said she
believes in the center because "I believe in the sanctity of life
and have had a lot of friends who have had abortions and I've seen the
damage it did to their lives."
center, one of the 11 offices under the network of the Ministry of
Living Alternatives, strives to help pregnant women understand and
work through alternatives, enabling them to make informed decisions
about pregnancy. The Rev.
Gregory A. Roe of the World Harvest Church in Springfield, directs the
non-profit corporation. He
states that it "provides education and information to the general
public about Christian alternatives to abortion."
women who seek help at the center are single, around 20 years old and
from the lower-income bracket. But "we also occasionally see
married women with children, who can't afford another pregnancy,"
Jennifer Boeke displays some of the many baby items donated by
The center, a confidential, free resource for women, relies on
volunteers, monetary contributions and donations to keep operating.
Women of all ages and backgrounds are provided with counseling
services, necessary supplies such as clothing, and medical referrals.
Volunteers also provide guidance to women who find out they aren't
we do get a negative pregnancy test, it's an opportunity to talk to
the women. I like to direct them to their goals and how their choices
in life will affect their goals. Having sex without the balance of
marriage, you see more broken hearts. We always think of the damage of
AIDS and such, but there is also damage to women's minds and bodies.
The choices they make now will set what the rest of their life will
be," she said. Boeke explains to young women about the 21
different sexually transmitted diseases, which affect more women than
men. For example, although HIV, which causes AIDS, is often in the
news, another virus called HPV, which nobody knows about, is a major
cause of cervical cancer and is easily transmitted.
want to say to them -- 'You're playing with fire, with your future,
with your heart and body. Empower yourself, don't just be reactionary.
Think of how you want your life to be,'" she said.
a client does find out she is pregnant, Boeke said she offers
information about the necessary things like insurance.
Most importantly she offers friendship to the young woman.
"One of the goals of the center is to help women. We evangelize
because we're a Christian organization.
If they're pregnant we try to help them find the means and give
them names of who to contact to help with prenatal care and other
costs," she said
just one of about 15 local volunteers, spends four hours a week at the
center. An average shift for volunteers is two or three hours. Duties
include not just providing educational information about pregnancy,
sexual health and alternatives to abortion, but volunteers are also
needed for tasks like answering phones. There are four trained
Nelson, executive director, said volunteers undergo training before
they can assist clients and must be a well-grounded, secure, friendly
and passionate person. Volunteers, who are preferably women, should
not be judgmental and should be Christians, she said.
are always needed. Since
many volunteers are students from Lincoln Christian College, volunteer
numbers often sharply decrease during the summer. Even though the
center tries to remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, sometimes here are no
volunteers to man the office.
center relies on monetary contributions from churches and individuals.
They also provide
a clothing and furniture service to help pregnant women defray some of
the costs of maternity and baby clothes. Anyone can donate items and
cribs, and car seats are in great demand.
Isham, a volunteer since 1995, also donates about three to four hours
a week when possible to the center.
"I think it's really worthwhile. Sometimes listening is
all you have to do. It makes you feel good when you know you've saved
a life," she said.
Isham, who is also a counselor, said most of the girls she sees just
need someone to love and support them. "We try to reassure them
that the Lord loves them," she said.
school events like dances and the prom create an increase in the
number of women seeking advice. "Especially if they're younger
women living at home, they are scared. Some will just be shaking
because their whole life is going to change if they are pregnant. Most
girls I talk to aren't in favor of abortion but are more scared of
adoption because they see it as going through the whole nine-month
process and then giving up the baby," Boeke said.
who with her husband runs a wholesale art business, has two adult
children of her own, but is happy to donate some of her time each week
to young women who need a friendly face and someone to talk to.
just want to be there and let them know someone cares," she said.