Historic treasure on exhibit at Gaylord Building

Historic treasure on exhibit at Gaylord Building

Published: October 7, 2010.

(Left to right) Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Mark Harmon,
Jerry Adelmann and Brother James Gaffney, FSC.

A new exhibit, Lines and Shadows: Discovering the Adelmann Collection, opened Oct. 6 at the Gaylord Building in Lockport featuring historic artifacts and treasures of this important collection.

The “Lines and Shadows” exhibit is presented by the Lewis University History Center and the Lewis University Library, which also houses the historic Adelmann Regional History Collection, formerly known as the Canal and Regional History Special Collection. The exhibit displays samples of the more than 10,000 piece collection. Posters dating back to WWI, maps from the 19th century, historical photos and artifacts are just some of the many items on exhibit.

Mark Harmon, director of the Gaylord Building, kicked off the opening of the exhibit stating, “The Gaylord Building is pleased to shed light on the hidden shadows of the Lewis University historic collection.”

Jerry Adelmann, who has donated many items of historical significance, said, “This collection wouldn’t exist without John Lamb, professor emeritus at Lewis University, who recognized the historic importance of the canal, which really gave birth to Illinois and the nation.” He also encouraged the community to look around their attics in the hopes of discovering more hidden treasure. The exhibit will be on display through spring 2011. For further information, call (815) 838-9400.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 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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