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D. Leigh Henson honored by Illinois State Historical Society at awards banquet

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[May 02, 2012]  EAST PEORIA -- The Illinois State Historical Society announced the recipients of its 2012 annual awards Friday evening during the 32nd annual Illinois History Symposium. The event was at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria.

Among those winning awards were D. Leigh Henson for "The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois"; Steven Schumacher, honored as an Olive Foster Teacher of the Year; and Anna Sielaff, winner of the War of 1812 Student Scholarship. (See related article.)

Awards were presented in several categories: Publications, Scholarly and Other; Public Programming, Educational and Exhibitions; Ongoing Newspaper Columns and Periodicals;  Multimedia Productions; Special Projects; and Collections Preservation. The society also awarded four "Lifetime Achievement" awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to "preserving, promoting, and commemorating Illinois history" in their communities.

"These awards acknowledge the highest individual and institutional achievement in historic preservation, history publications and public education through exhibitions and programming," said William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society. "Through its awards programs the ISHS recognizes the extraordinary commitment of our historical societies, museums, and public and academic historians to articulate the Prairie State narrative in a state, national and global context, and to give meaning and depth to the Illinois experience. We extend a hearty ‘congratulations' to all our award recipients."


Lifetime Achievement:

  • Dr. Wayne C. Temple, Springfield

  • Dr. Joseph Weber, Edwardsville

  • Franklin DeLaine Donaldson, Effingham

  • Diana Dretske, Wauconda

Olive Foster Teachers of the Year:

  • Steven Schumacher, Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln
  • Donald A. Barbour, Urbana Middle School
  • Joshua Bill, Waukegan High School

War of 1812 Student Scholarship:

  • Anna Sielaff, Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln
    "How Did the Edwards Trace Influence Eventual Settlement in Central and Southern Illinois?"

Russell P. Strange Book of the Year Award:

  • "Illinois in the War of 1812"
    Gillum Ferguson
    University of Illinois Press, 2012

Malkovich Award for Young Museum Professional:

  • Laura McDowell
    Mitchell Museum of the American Indian


  • "Nobody Calls Just to Say Hello"
    Philip J. Rock and Ed Wojcicki
    Southern Illinois University Press, 2011
    Superior Achievement

  • "The Rise of Chicago's Black Metropolis, 1920-1929"
    Christopher Robert Reed
    Superior Achievement

  • "The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois"
    D. Leigh Henson
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "The Muse in Bronzeville: African-American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950"
    Robert Bone and Richard A. Courage
    Superior Achievement

  • "Chicago's First Urban Indians -- The Potawatomi"
    John N. Low
    Superior Achievement

  • "Come and Get It! McDonaldization and the Disappearance of Local Food"
    Robert Dirks
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "Illinois: A History in Pictures"
    Gerald A. Danzer
    University of Illinois Press
    Superior Achievement

Publications, Other:

  • "My Dear Aunt Martha: A 19th Century American Epic from the Letters of Those Who Lived It"
    Barbara J. Shave
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "Building a Lasting Dream, 1909-2009: The History of the Rockford Park District"
    Webbs Norman
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "Greetings from Starved Rock"
    Jim Ridings
    Award of Merit

  • "Soldiers with Picks and Shovels: The CCC Camp at Carlinville, Illinois"
    Tom Emery
    Certificate of Excellence

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Ongoing Newspaper Columns:

  • "Illinois in the Civil War"
    Tom Emery
    Superior Achievement

  • "Pages from the Past"
    Bill Kemp
    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Superior Achievement

  • "Springfield History"
    Tara McClellan Andrews
    Illinois Times
    Superior Achievement

  • "Law and Public Policy"
    Ann Lousin
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "Illinois Law History"
    John Flynn Rooney
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
    Certificate of Excellence

  • "The Spirit Among Us"
    Marlene Gantt
    The Rock Island Argus
    Certificate of Excellence

Ongoing Periodical:

  • Springhouse Magazine
    Gary and Judy DeNeal
    Superior Achievement

Multimedia Productions:

  • "Constant Motion: The Job of Railway Post Office Clerks"
    Cindy Rich, Eastern Illinois University's Teaching with Primary Sources program
    Superior Achievement

  • "Illinois Stories"
    Producer Mark McDonald, Executive Producer Dr. Jerold Gruebel
    Network Knowledge, PBS for West Central Illinois
    Superior Achievement

Public Programming, Educational

  • Naperville Heritage Society
    "On the Road 2011 Walking Tour"
    Superior Achievement

  • Grayslake Historical Society
    Certificate of Excellence

Public Programming, Exhibitions

  • Naperville Heritage Society
    "North Central College: 150 Years -- A Promising Start"
    Certificate of Excellence

  • Elk Grove Historical Museum
    "The Doctor is In: A History of Medicine in Elk Grove Village"
    Superior Achievement

  • Lewis University History Center/Lewis University Library/Gaylord Building
    "Lines and Shadows: Discovering the Adelmann Collection"
    Certificate of Excellence

  • Erin Hughes/Evanston History Center
    "A Curious Patchwork of Evanston Treasures"
    Superior Achievement

  • Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society
    Creative Partnership
    "Leveraging History and Dollars: Images of Grant, the Soldier"
    Superior Achievement

  • Vespacian Warner Library
    "The Civil War: A Soldier's Journey"
    Superior Achievement

  • Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
    "Enduring Legacy: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Coles County, 1935-1941"
    Certificate of Excellence

Special Project:

  • Naper Settlement/Naperville Heritage Society
    "On the Road: 2011 Summer Guidebook"
    Superior Achievement

Collection Preservation:

  • The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation
    Superior Achievement

[Text from file received from Illinois State Historical Society]

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