Lewis University earns statewide awards for history exhibit

Lewis University’s History Department receives awards for Emergence of Modern Joliet Exhibit

Published: May 15, 2015.

The Illinois State Historical Society recently honored Lewis University History Department and the Joliet Area Historical Museum (JAHM) with two awards for their 2014 exhibit “The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Industry and Urbanization.”

The exhibit received the highest honor of Superior Achievement Award and the Certificate of Excellence. The exhibit included material culture from the Lewis University Adelmann Historical Collection and the work of Lewis University students. The exhibit tells the story of Joliet through the drawings and prints by Adele Fay Williams, which is a Lewis University digital collection. The Adele Fay Williams drawings display the transformation of Joliet from a rural, industrial and urban community.

Lewis University history professor Dr. Dennis Cremin and students worked together to create this exhibit, which was displayed at the JAHM during Spring 2014. Cremin’s History of Illinois class researched the topics and drafted text for the exhibit panels. The exhibit’s scheme was a group effort by students in the Advanced Design class directed by Leslie Colonna, Lewis University instructor of art and design. Since Williams used the Joliet courthouse in many of her images, students took current photos of the building as it stands today to use as comparison for showing the transition of the area.

Those who participated in the History of Illinois class included: Sean Barber, Nicholas Czerwinski, Jocelyn Davila, Joshua Dittman, Patrick Franks, Samantha Glackin, Adrienne Gonzales, Michael Hines, Sarah Langheld, Anthony Larocca, Zeferino Martinez, Kelsey O’Brien, Tyson Polack, Alan Rosas, Brittany Russell and Zachary Zalewski.

Advanced Design students who contributed significantly to the exhibit included: Elizabeth Apostolos, Lauren Kill, Connor McLennan, Kendra Mills, Cory Seng, Lauren Trzeciak and Sandra Zuchara.

Adele Fay Williams was born in 1859, was a local writer and artist that lived through the early twentieth century. She devoted her talents to writing and drawing Joliet and the surrounding areas. Williams’ articles and drawings were published in the Joliet Herald newspaper. She wrote about the history of the buildings and the local people of her time.

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