College instructor and board members to receive state's top honor
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A Lincoln College instructor and
two trustees are being recognized by Gov. Rod Blagojevich for their
continued support of preserving the memory of Abraham Lincoln.
Ron Keller, Lincoln College Museum curator and instructor of
history, along with board members Louise Taper of California and
Daniel Weinberg of Chicago, will be recognized as 2009 Lincoln
Bicentennial Laureates and will receive a special Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial edition of The Order of Lincoln, which is the highest
honor that can be awarded by the state of Illinois. Only 30
individuals will be honored at a formal ceremony in Springfield in
Keller said the honor is a little overwhelming. "The list of
individuals are the top Lincoln collectors, historians and experts
in the field. I am extremely honored to even be considered for this
distinguished title," he said.
Taper became a member of the
Lincoln College board of trustees in 2002. She is a well-known
historian and collector of Lincoln artifacts. She served as a
historical consultant for the television mini-series "Sandburg's
Lincoln." She also co-authored the book "Right or Wrong, God Judge
Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth," published by the University
of Illinois Press.
Weinberg joined the Lincoln College board of trustees in 2006. He
is the owner of The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, which for
the past 60 years has bought, sold, authenticated and appraised
original autographs, books, photographs, artwork and ephemera
related to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and American history.
Weinberg is a director of the Lincoln Forum, the Abraham Lincoln
Association and the Manuscript Society. He is on the executive board
of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association and is a past
president of the Civil War Round Table. He has helped build some of
the major collections in the United States and gives lectures to
numerous historical groups.
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Lincoln College President John Hutchinson thought the recognition
was well-deserved. "It is a distinct honor for Lincoln College to
have among its faculty and trustees, individuals widely recognized
for their scholarship, creativity and philanthropic efforts to keep
the legacy of our 16th president alive," said Hutchinson.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will present The Order of Lincoln
to these individuals during a formal ceremony on Feb. 7, 2009, at
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in downtown Springfield. The
ceremony precedes Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on Feb. 12, 2009.
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