Notes from IHA

Notes from IHA

As announced earlier, the IHA has relocated its headquarters within Champaign. Our mailing address is 1216 West Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821; the phone number is 217-359-3781. Email will reach us at the usual addresses:, or If your organization has kindly posted links or listed contact information for IHA, we would appreciate your noting the changes in your publication or records. Although we have downsized our circulating library, we still have many useful publications for members to borrow, and we will soon have a list on our website. Meanwhile, let us know if there is something you want, and we’ll see if it is available.

The latest winners of our drawings for Gaylord archival products are, for September, the McHenry County Historical Society, which has won a blue-gray barrier board drop-front deep-lid box, and for October, the Beller Museum in Romeoville, which will receive a B Flute archival transport box. Gaylord Archival is donating the materials in honor of our thirty-fifth anniversary. The McHenry County Historical Society plaques and preserves historic sites and structures, holds adult workshops and classes, makes available traveling exhibits, and arranges a wide variety of school and other group programs. Its major initiative is the operation of its museum at 6422 Main Street in Union. The Beller Museum focuses on the products of Detroit’s heyday. It displays vehicles, tools, parts, and information showing how cars and trucks served their original owners and sometimes were transformed into something new. The museum houses a library of books and other documents relating to cars and trucks from the 1920s through the 1950s.

We also have two winners of books in a drawing among IHA members. For September, we drew Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World’s Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology, by Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox, for the Antioch Public Library District. The district currently serves more than 17,000 people, offering a large number of programs for adults, children, teens, and tweens each month. The noncirculating Antioch Local History Collection, devoted to the history, geography, geology, and people of Antioch Township and Lake County, is housed in the Antioch library. For October, we drew An Age of Barns, by Eric Sloane, for Alice Berkson, one of our longtime individual members. Ms. Berkson is an archaeologist who is a staff historian in the Public Service Archaeology and Architecture Program, a cultural resource management and research program sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests include post-contact Native American archaeology and public archaeology. She is the author of our Technical Insert 124 (July-August 2003), “When the Public Asks about Illinois Archaeology,” which she expanded and updated as Technical Insert 167 (September-October 2010).

Congratulations to all.





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