History Students Create “Pop- up” Exhibits About Lockport

History of Illinois Students Create “Pop- up” Exhibits from Lockport’s Milne Family Collection

Published: October 19, 2015.

(L to R, front row) Arturo Guzman, Stephanie Silky, Emily Winterrroth,
(back row) Nick Falese, Marcus Falconer, and Skylar Worst.

Students of the History of Illinois course will be displaying “pop-up” exhibits featuring items from The Milne Family of Lockport. The Gaylord Building of Lockport will be hosting these events on two separate occasions, from 12:40 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 and from 12:40 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The event is free and open to the public.

During the exhibit students will be displaying and discussing some of the artifacts from the collection. The collection includes papers, pictures and various ephemera. Specifically in the “pop-up” exhibits, items to be featured are glass bottles, a dinner bell, and salt and pepper shakers.

Students involved in the exhibit include Jared Domenico of Santee, Calif., Marcus Falconer of Bensenville, Ill., Nicholas Falese of Bolingbrook, Ill., Joseph Fekech of Plainfield, Ill., Robert Fetta of Orland Park, Ill., Thomas Gestrich of Germantown, Tenn., Arturo Guzman of Romeoville, Ill., Robert Kornaus of Plainfield, Ill., Katherine Lindemann of Lockport, Ill., Blake Novak of Bridgeview, Ill., Stephanie Silkey of Joliet, Ill., Erik Smith of Bolingbrook, Ill., Ryan Svoboda of New Lenox, Ill., Emily Winterroth of Joliet, Ill., and Skyler Wurst of Romeoville, Ill.

Laura Pratt, graduate assistant for the Lewis University History Center, Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, and Dr. Mark Schultz, professor of history led the students in creating the exhibits.

In 2005, Flora Milne, daughter of James Walter Milne and Gladys Donkle Milne, donated her family collection to the Adelmann Regional History Collection of Lewis University. The collection comes from the estate papers of James Walter Milne 1920-2004. It was passed down from five generations of Milne Family and relatives who lived and loved the “Old Stone House” on East Seventh Street in Lockport. The name of Milne, Putnam, Read, Maitland and others occur numerous times in the collection’s documents.

The Adelmann Regional History Collection is a regional history information resource for states and communities throughout the Midwest. It encourages the appreciation, study, and understanding of 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. In addition, it supports presentations, publications, and local exhibits relating to the area.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 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 www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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