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Commemorative Lincoln Memorial Garden book has ties to UIS

March 14, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Memorial Garden: A Living Memorial to Abraham Lincoln, a booklet published in February by the Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation, has a number of connections to the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

The 52-page booklet, published in observance of Lincoln’s birthday and the 70th anniversary of the garden created in his honor, was edited by Judith Everson, UIS professor emerita of English and a member of the garden’s board of directors.

Four other people involved in the book’s production also share a UIS background.  Katie Huther was formerly a staff member at Sangamon State University. Jim Matheis and Dick and Helen Adorjan are SSU graduates. (Sangamon State became UIS when the campus joined the U of I system in 1995.) Huther, Matheis, and Helen Adorjan helped develop the project. Dick Adorjan also took many of the full-color photographs of the plants, wildlife, and activities that illustrate nearly every page.

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The Adorjans and Everson also maintain close ties to the UIS campus through Brookens Library. For example, the Adorjans founded Everson Lounge, which houses Brookens’ collection of music CDs and a comfortable listening and study area. The lounge is dedicated to Judith Everson and her late husband, David, who served SSU/UIS for many years as a professor of political studies and associate chancellor.

Lincoln Memorial Garden was founded in the early 1930s through the combined vision and efforts of civic leader Harriet Knudson and renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. It has since evolved from the original 63 acres of woodland and prairie garden to its present-day status comprising more than 100 acres, some five miles of hiking trails, a visitors’ center, educational activities, and a prairie center complete with a century-old farmstead whose pasture and cropland have been restored as examples of central Illinois prairie in pioneer days.  

Lincoln Memorial Garden: A Living Memorial to Abraham Lincoln is available for $4.95 plus tax from the on-site gift shop or send an e-mail to info@lmgnc.org.

 

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