One of my dad’s most memorable experiences came in 1967 when a group of
Chicagons donated funds for a bust of Abraham Lincoln to be displayed at the
Johnson Presidential Library in Austin Texas. My dad is second from the left of
the president with noted Lincoln Historian, Ralph Newman to the left of him.
Other Chicagoans in the group were Federal Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz (a
dear friend of our family) and former Governor Otto Kerner.
This is also a fitting photo with the formal opening of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield in April. More information on
the Library can be found at http://www.alincolnlibrary.com/history.html.
I was fortunate to serve under Governors Thompson and Edgar as a member of
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates the State of
Illinois’s 60 historic sites, including the Lincoln Library. The sites include
the Cahokia Mounds, the Florence Hotel and Pullman Car Works on the south side
of Chicago, the Dana Thomas House and New Salem.