Regional history collection featured at Gaylord Building

Regional history collection featured in Gaylord Building exhibit

Published: September 22, 2010.

Lockport’s Gaylord Building historic site is featuring the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University in its upcoming exhibit, the “Lines and Shadow: Discovering the Adelmann Collection.” The exhibit opens Oct. 6 at the Gaylord Building historic site, and it features maps, posters and historical artifacts from the Lockport area. The exhibit will be on display through the spring of 2011.

“The Adelmann Regional History Collection is one of the hidden treasures of the area,” commented Mark Harmon, Gaylord Building site director. He added, “We hope that this is the first of a series of exhibits that would explore specific areas of the collection.”

Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Lewis University associate professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, stated, “This is an opportunity to celebrate and display many items publicly for the first time, including original World War I posters and some of the Milne family photographs. I am especially excited that some recently donated items from Gerald Adelmann and Robert E. Sterling will be on display.”

Typically, the Adelmann Regional History Collection is available for viewing in the Lewis University Library. Mary Hollerich, director of the Lewis University Library, is excited to see the materials presented in a more public venue with the Gaylord Building exhibit. “This exhibit brings this material to life in a new way. We are stewards of an important regional collection, but we also want the public to be aware that these rich historical materials exist.”

“Lines and Shadow: Discovering the Adelmann Collection” is a partnership between the Gaylord Building, Lewis University Library and Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest. For additional information, please contact the Gaylord Building Historic Site on 200 W. 8th Street in Lockport at (815) 838-9400. The exhibit is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday- Sunday.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,000 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 ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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