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Find out what a renovated history collection looks like at Open House October 24

Published: October 11, 2013.

Come celebrate the renovation of the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. October 24. Over the past three months, the collection has been transformed from floor to ceiling. It’s located on the 2nd floor the Lewis University Library on the Lewis University Main Campus in Romeoville.

The Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University is an important regional resource documenting the history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and the development of its surrounding communities. The collection assembles, organizes, preserves, and makes available research materials relating to the history of the I&M Canal and the social and economic development of communities along it.

The renovated space reflects the best practices in the field of archival preservation. Visitors will see the new compact storage unit, which nearly doubles the storage capacity. Improvements included new map cases, archival quality materials, carpet removal, and the installation of state-of-the-art lighting. The Open House will also feature displays of some featured materials from the collection.

“This project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the staff from Facilities and the Library. Don Castello and Keith Kameron provided excellent leadership, ” said Dennis H. Cremin, Director of the Lewis University History Center, which manages the collection. He continued, “We received key support from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and Lewis University. The project allows the collection to serve students, researchers, and the community into the future."

For more information: contact Julia Lazicki 815-836-5303 or

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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