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Past is Present

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Society works to keep past alive, relevant

For a nonprot to survive, let alone thrive, for 50 years takes a lot of hard work and more than a little luck. We marked our golden anniversary this year with an expanded schedule that included an appraisal event, Members Exhibit, 1860 baseball game, an antique car show and a signature dinner. And that was on top of the regular lecture series, quilt programs, festivals and special programs we normally offer. So how are we able to do it all? The answer is complicated, but mostly revolves around two major tenets: Staying focused on our mission and encouraging like-minded individuals to help us make that vision a reality . We clearly had the right people in the right place early on. They laid a solid foundation. Since then we have worked tirelessly to build bridges with our constituents and with other historical organizations across the county, region and state. We advocate for historical structures. Most recently that list includes Harmony School in Coral Township, the SawyerKelley Mill in Huntley, Camp Algonquin in Algonquin Township and the Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake. We educate your children. More than 3,000 school children visit our museum campus in Union each year, visiting our 1870 main exhibit hall, 1895 one-room school and 1843 log cabin. We run a research library and serve as a resource for those looking to rediscover their roots, restore a historic home, preserve family heirlooms and learn about the past. And we do all of this frugally, relying on just three staff and a host of volunteers who do everything from driving our bus to accessioning artifacts, sewing quilts to stitching together shreds of evidence into a cohesive story . And were not done not by a long shot! We have expanded our electronic presence, both inside and outside the museum. We have our public prole via monthly newspaper columns, quarterly newsletters, social media and our website. We have strived to be a relevant participant in a frank public discussion of our past even as we move forward into a world increasingly dominated by sound bites, tweets, video games and infomercials. One lesson Ive learned is the next new thing more times than not is older than we think. It is our challenge, moving forward, to make new generations aware of that if only for the time it takes to text. Fortunately, history is patient. We just have to be willing to look and listen.

- Kurt Begalka Sunday, November 3, 2013

On the Cover
In 1988, the Society acquired the West Harmony School, an 1895 one-room school that subsequently was restored and now is used for circa 1900 school programs at the McHenry County Historical Societys museum campus in Union.

McHenry County Historical Society, Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary

We are proud to support the growth and prosperity of local businesses and families as they build the future of our vibrant McHenry County communities.


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PHYLLIS K. WALTERS MCHENRY COUNTY RECORDER Walk In: McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, IL 60098 Mail: 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098 Phone: 815.334.4110 Web:

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Library is a treasure trove of information

The McHenry County Historical Society Local History Research Library has as its purpose the acquisition, cataloguing and preservation of documentary materials that relate to the history of McHenry County and its people. When consistent with the mission of the Society, these materials may be made available to the public for research, study and promotional purposes. In order to use the Research Library, an appointment must be made at least 24 hour in advance. Hours: The library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round. There is a fee for use by non-members. The Research Library is accessible by appointment only . Walk-ins cannot be accommodated no matter what the circumstances or the distance traveled since supervision is required. Materials must be retrieved by staff for security and archival reasons. Also, please understand that we are a nonprot organization with a small staff trying to do many things, often simultaneously . You must call our ofce at 815-923-2267 to make your library appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that our library is a busy place. We cannot always get you on the schedule within 24 hours, but we will do our best. than specied.

Photographic Services
For the convenience of those who wish for copies of photographic prints or color photocopies, the McHenry County Historical Society Library will prepare prints on order subject to the following conditions: Permission is granted for one time use only and a fee is charged for each item. Written permission and use fees are required for each additional use. Photographic prints are made only through the Historical society . Photographs may not be copied by patrons using their own cameras. Copies obtained from the Historical Society library may not be deposited in another repository . Prints from glass negatives will be the exact size of the original negative. Negatives are not available for purchase. Pictures used should carry the credit: Courtesy of the McHenry County Historical Society and/or Don Peasley Photo Collection of the M.C.H.S. when appropriate.

General Library Usage Guidelines:

Research fees apply for people who are not members of the McHenry County Historical Society . To qualify as members, membership standing must be current at the time an appointment is made for the research library . Printed materials may be copied if copyright provisions allow and if it can be done without damage to the materials. All copying will be done by staff members. Copying charges are assessed according to the size of the paper and amount used. The Historical Society reserves the right to limit the number of copies made, to restrict the use of the reproduction of rare or valuable material, to make special quotations on materials involving unusual difculty in copying and to charge a higher fee Sunday, November 3, 2013

Congratulations on 50 Years!!
209 Main Street Woodstock 815.338.8555

from the Castle

The Original Miller Theatre Dome Returns

In 1931, Theodore Teddy Bettendorf immigrated to America from Luxembourg. Overlooking the town of Fox River Grove, he began building a castle that took over 36 years of dedication and hard work. In addition, there is a water lled moat, a wishing well, a working drawbridge, outside bathroom and sink, outdoor replace, observation tower, and courtyard. Since its completion it has been used as a honeymoon suite, for lming of commercials, various civic events and as a private residence.

The Castle Today

Located at 418 Concord Avenue, the castle is now owned and cared for by Michael and Judy Strohl and their sons William and Daniel, who took ownership of the castle in 1986. While residing there, they have worked diligently to maintain the original castle exterior and grounds. In August. the castle was honorably plaqued by the MCHS. By plaquing this unique structure and its grounds, the history and for some of us, the answers of the Bettendorf Castle will forever be documented at the MCHS.
Group tours & special events available. For more information visit us at The Bettendorf Castle is a private estate and is not open to the public.

Treat historic structures with care

The Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the treatment of historic properties embody two important goals: The preservation of historic materials and the preservation of a buildings distinguishing character. Every old building is unique, with its own identity and its own distinctive character. Character-dening elements include the overall shape of the building, its materials, craftsmanship, decorative details, interior spaces and features, as well as the various aspects of its site and environment. Decipher those features or elements that give the building its visual character and you can better preserve them. A complete understanding of any property may require documentary research about its style, construction, function, its furnishings or contents; knowledge about the original builder, owners, and later occupants; and knowledge about the evolutionary history of the building. A buildings character can be irreversibly damaged or changed in many ways, for example, by inappropriate repointing of the brickwork, by removal of a distinctive side porch, by changes to the window sash, by changes to the setting around the building, by changes to the major room arrangements, by the introduction of an atrium, by painting previously unpainted woodwork, etc.

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Three-Step Process
Use this three-step approach to identify those materials, features and spaces that contribute to the visual character of a building. It involves examining the building from afar to understand its overall setting and architectural context; then moving up very close to appreciate its materials and the craftsmanship and surface nishes evident in these materials; and then going into and through the building. 1. Identifying the overall visual character of a building is nothing more than looking at its distinguishing physical aspects without focusing on its details. The shape of a building can be an important aspect of its overall visual character. That includes window patterns, brick color,

the shape of the entryway, the roof and its related features (such as chimneys and dormers), porches and balconies, trim, walkways and the overall setting. 2. Look at the building up close to gauge the surface qualities of the materials, such as their color, texture and craftsmanship. Many of these details can be damaged or obscured by work that affects those surfaces. 3. Understand the interior character. In ofce buildings, it is the vestibules or lobbies or corridors that are important to the interior character of the building. A church, with its axial plan creating a narrow tunnel-like space, obviously has a different character than a sports pavilion. Closing off the openings between a hotel lobby and the grand staircase to the ballroom can change the character. The importance of interior features and nishes to the character of the building should not be overlooked. In relatively simple rooms, the primary visual aspects may be in features such as replace mantels, lighting xtures or wooden oors.

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BMO Harris Bank congratulates the McHenry County Historical Society on their 50th Anniversary.

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Heritage Quilters
Looking for opportunities to hone your quilting skills? How about the chance to work with others on a common project that perpetrates the quilters craft and supports the mission of the Historical Society? Perhaps you enjoy the socialization that quilting in a group provides. Consider joining the Heritage Quilters each Wednesday morning throughout the year at the Societys museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Quilters of varying levels of experience meet from 9:30 a.m. to about noon to work on a rafe quilt that benets the not-forprot Society . Beginners are very welcome. Learn to quilt while making new friends. For more information phone (815) 923-2267 or email at

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Quilt speakers bureau

Ann Wasserman - Evanston. or She repairs and conserve quilts and accept art quilt commissions. She lectures and teaches workshops in quilt history, quilt restoration and conservation, art quilt design, and the anthropology of quilts, including Nineteenth Century American Quilts as Womens Art, Quilts Reinterpreted, Art or Craft? One Quilters Journey, and Care and Repair of Antique Quilts. Betty Suiter - Racine, Wis. 262-639-4575,, One-hour lectures: Tips on Making a Blue Ribbon Quilt and Stitched By Hand. Discover the important

The McHenry County Historical Society Heritage Quilters dedicated this quilt to friend and supporter Nancy Irwin. Group president Jan Knight noted that Irwin, like the donated quilt top, had been at the Societys museum awhile. They praised Irwin for her dedication: She can be counted on to be there for us, helps out when we need her, fills in when needed, is generous with her time and always has a gentle look for others. Iwrin, of Woodstock, retired as office manager/volunteer coordinator in March. Pictured (from left) are Rosemary DiGiovanni, Nancy Fike, Cindy Thompson, Nancy Irwin, Grace Moline, Judy Ames and Mary Ott. details the judge is looking for so your next quilt will wear a blue ribbon and make your quilt come to life. This digital presentation offers ideas ondesign, dye fabric, hand appliqu, hand quilt and show you how to block a quilt. She also teaches three- to six-hour classes ranging on topics from handquilting, appliqu, trapunto to dye sticks. Sandy Schweitzer - AQS Certied Appraiser, Crystal Lake. 815-459-5545, www. One hour lectures include trunk show: Shoot em to Protect em-preservation & care; Quilt Restoration; Women Speak with Thread & Needle womens political views & issues through quilting 1830-present; Quilts that

Work! utility quilts; Art Quilts: From the bed to the wall! mid-1800 quilts as well as new; Crib Quilts-historical perspective of quilts & children with quilts from mid 1800s; Doll Quilts 1870s through the present; Feed Sacks aka: Textile Bags history and trunk show of everything made with feed sacks. Other topics: Aprons? You say you wear an apron? The Great Depression Memorial Quilts: The Healing Art of Quilting Lets Talk About Long-Arm Quilting Sandy leads a quilt appraisal program, typically in August, each year to benet the Society .

Tricks in helping date the history of your home

Detect plaster by knocking on the wall. Drywall offers a hollow sound. Plasterboard echoes, the plaster thuds. Use lath to date plaster. Until about 1825, most lath was hand pslit or riven. After about 1900 a wire mesh was introduced. After about 1920 both rock lath and plasterboard were more frequently used. Sawn wood lath continued to be used in most domestic applications into the 1940s. Eighteenth century moldings are atter, broader and lower than more modern varieties. By the 19th Century, moldings were lighter but with greater relief. Now made of wood, moldings in the 19th Century frequently were made of plaster. The earliest doors were batten style, made of several vertical boards typically with tongues and grooves at their edges. More decorative doors, with border moldings and inset panels began appearing after 1700. Mortise-and tenon joints rose to prominence in the early 18th century . Door jambs also provide important clues. If the protrusion from the jamb, or stop, consists of a separate piece of wood applied to the jamb, the doorway dates from 1850 or later. If it is cut into a solid jamb, the doorway is older. Fireplaces can offer several clues. Narrower reboxes were used to accommodate coal, rather than wood, in the 19th Century . Oil heat did not become common until after World War I. Houses in the 18th Century featured paneled walls around the replaces. The Adamesque era (18th- century neoclassical style) used delicate pilastered and decorated mantels. Greek Rival mantels (1820-1860) boast bold columns and pilaster. Arched mantels were in vogue from the 1850s to 1870s. Craftsman houses (late 1800s into the 1930s) often used rough brick and tiles.

How Old Is This House? A Skeleton Key to Dating, Identifying, and Understanding Three Centuries of the American House by Hugh Howard.

McHenry County Quilted Barn Program

Several years ago a local newspaper featured a photo of a barn shadowed in the light of the setting sun. The caption read, Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the sunset behind a McHenry County barn. The thought that such a scene in this once prominent Illinois dairy farming county may soon end up as nothing more than memories gave rise to McHenry County Historical Societys Quilted Barn program in 2000. The project combines the tradition and beauty of quilt designing with the long lasting durability of American barns and their adaptability as showcases for public art. The program involves selecting a quilt pattern and painting it onto two 4-by-8-foot plywood sheets, creating an 8-foot-square quilt painting. It then is attached to a barn in a place that is easily visible from the road. Owners can paint it themselves or work through the Society to nd professional painters or, perhaps, interested students. Information about the quilt patterns, be it Log Cabin Grandmas Flower Basket, Flying Geese, the barn, the sponsors and/or artists is available from the Society . Families also create quilt paintings of their own design typically with a homage to the past or their familys roots. For information on ways to participate in the Quilted Barns program or questions contact the McHenry County Historical Society at 815-923-2267 or email Participation in the McHenry County Quilted Barn Program is open to owners of barns and other rural structures suitable for display . Other groups like

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This Mosaic Star pattern barn quilt is located on the Lynn Eltrevoog farm, 15113 Marengo Road in Union. The farm was homesteaded in 1858 by the Rugh family. quilt clubs, 4-H Clubs, Scout Troops, artists, religious and civic groups are encouraged to participate in this program by sponsoring the creation of a barn quilt and/or actually making a barn quilt. An effort is underway with the help of the McHenry County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the county graphic arts department to create a digital, interactive barn quilt map. Funding has been ERSARYprovidth A N N I V ANNIVERSARY 0 6 ed through the McHenry Coun0 6 ILLINOIS ILLINOIS ty Community thFoundation. RAILWAY R E V SA R E V S AR II N N R N N Y Y A A

Dating Old Photographs

Dating old photographs requires some detective work. Womens fashions are the rst thing to look at. Women, especially in portraits will want to be in the latest style. Consider the type of sleeve, how the bodice is constructed, the kinds of buttons and how they are spaced, and the type of skirt and bustle. The size and styles of womens hats also are quite distinctive, as are hairstyles. In the 1860s girls and womens hair was quite severe and always parted down the middle. Unfortunately, boys and mens fashions did not change as often. And what changes there were were very subtle. Always look to see if the photographer is listed in studio portraits. That can give important clues about the time frame. Also the type of photograph is important. Daguerreotypes were from 1839-1865 while tin types were from 1856 to 1880. Carte-de-visite


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McHenry County Libraries Local History Collections

Algonquin Area Public Library
2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin 847-458-6060 Contact: Kristin McCallum

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Cary Area Public Library

1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary 847-639-4210 www.caryarealibrary .info Sunday, November 3, 2013

Newspapers: Cardunal Free Press (April 20, 1966 - Dec 31, 1985) and the Northwest Herald (from Jan 2, 1986). Collection includes local Algonquin and county history books, Harry D. Jacobs High School yearbooks since 1977, and McHenry County Vital Records & Indexes on microlm. Of special interest is the Algonquin History Events Database: Searchable Index and Abstracts to Local Newspapers from early 1830s (CD-ROM that include obituary abstracts. The Algonquin Area Obituary & Genealogy Index is an incomplete index of obituaries and engagement/anniversary/wedding notices appearing in several local newspapers since 2005.

No archived newspapers in any format but has many local history items in various formats and conditions. They include: Cary Womens Club meeting minutes, 1941-1981; Cary Womens Club nance records 19331970; My Eight Years as Mayor of Cary, 1961-1969 by Raymond A. Moehler. Crystal Lake Public Library
126 W. Paddock, Crystal Lake 815459-1687 www.crystallakelibrary .org Contact: Alice Hayes

Newspapers on microlm dating from the Nunda Advertiser in 1876 which became the Nunda Herald in 1880 and the Crystal Lake Herald in 1909. In 1986 it became the Northwest Herald. Map Files include McHenry County plat maps, 1927 to 2013, and McHenry County Atlases,

1862 (framed on wall), 1872, 1892 and 1908. Maps include: city of Crystal Lake, 1915 to 2012, plus Nunda Township, Crystal Lake Park District and school District 155. Local history collection includes newspaper clippings of Crystal Lake Obituaries, Ice Harvesting and other topics. Indexes to marriages, wedding announcements, death notices and other articles in Nunda Advertiser starting in 1875 and the Crystal Lake Herald 1908-1979. Houses half of the McHenry County Genealogical Society collection. Fox River Grove Library
407 Lincoln Avenue, Fox River Grove 847-639-2274 Contact: Linda Stengele

documents. Materials about the Fox River Grove school bus/ METRA train accident, Norge Ski Club, Illinois Turner Camp, Windy City/Eagles Nest balloon port, obituary clipping les and cemetery records. Harvard-Diggins Library
900 E. McKinley Street, Harvard 815-943-4671 Contact: Holly Haupt

The Harvard Independent and Harvard Herald newspapers are available on microlm from 1867 to 1986 and many issues are available on the librarys website link Harvard Newspapers. The digitization of all of the old newspapers is in progress. Huntley Area Public Library
11000 Ruth Road, Huntley 847-669-5386 www.huntleylibrary .org Contact: Nancy Bacheller

General items on Fox River Grove, Algonquin Township, Cary and McHenry County history, including clippings, photos, historic books, interviews, and

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The McHenry County Historical Society wishes to thank the public and our partners in historic preservation for a half century of support! port! Please join us sa at t these upcoming events:
6422 Main St., Union. For info go to

Nov. 13 Wednesday
1:30 p.m. Quilt designer and nd author Kath Kathleen thle th leen le en Tracy of De Deer Deereld er el eld d wi will discuss her latest book, The Civil W War ar S Sewing ewing Circle, and talk about the ew impact of quilting during the Civil War er era a as well as show w off of examples exam ampl ples pl es of her quilts made using reproduction on f fab fabrics. abri ab rics. The drawing for the Heritage Quilters rafe quilt will follow. ow. Dona Donations nati tion tion ons s appreciated to o offset ffset the co cost st o of f this free e pr prog program. ogram. og

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Dec. 7 Saturday
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pers (June 30, 1960 - 2000) are available in the building and online through Illinois Digital Archives. Local history book collection includes Huntley yearbooks, Oliver Statler books, information about local houses, and various Huntley and McHenry County histories. Johnsburg Public Library
3000 W. Johnsburg Road Johnsburg 815-344-0077 www.johnsburglibrary .org Contact: Judy Robel

Newspapers include Marengo-Republican News (Jan. 13, 1872- June 24, 1981) and Marengo-Beacon News (January 1979-December 1980). Telephone directories, Marengo Community High School yearbooks, and various church directories. McHenry Public Library
809 N. Front Street, McHenry 815-385-0036 Contact: Katie Sherwood

and Irish Genealogy Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIG-WIL). Local history collection has more than 2,000 items, and the new digital archive, http://cdm16712.contentdm.oclc. org/cdm/, includes 180 images scanned from glass-plate negatives. Nippersink District Library
5418 Hill Road, Richmond 815-678-4014 www.woodstockpubliclibrary .org

The library subscribes to the Northwest Herald archives via Newsbank starting is January 2005. Other materials include Freund family immigration information and a video about historic Johnsburg. The pamphlet Historically Yours has photos and descriptions of buildings in Johnsburg. Marengo-Union Public Library
200 S. State Street, Marengo 815-568-8236

Earliest newspaper McHenry Plaindealer, Aug. 11, 1875. All issues from 1875 to the Northwest Herald through April 30, 2012 are available on microlm. The local history collection includes town histories, plat books, census indices, cemetery indices, some obituary indices and family histories not only from all the towns in McHenry County, but also from all Illinois Counties and many neighboring states. McHenry Library houses half of the McHenry County Genealogical Society collection and the collection of the British

Some local history items concerning the villages of Spring Grove and Richmond. Books include: Village of Spring Grove Centennial History 19022002 and Northeast McHenry County . There also are planning and other documents from the villages. Woodstock Public Library
414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock 815-338-0542 Contact: Maggie Field Crane

The earliest local newspaper is the Woodstock Sentinel dated July 1856. The Sentinel was published until September

1985, when it was folded into the Northwest Herald. All issues of the Sentinel, Northwest Herald and the Woodstock Independent are available on microlm and recent newspapers are also available online to card holders via Newsbank or ProQuest on the website. The local history collection on the upper level has county histories, atlases and plat books, Woodstock regional documents and les, and a surname index that is also available online. Other useful materials include telephone directories from 1948, city directories since 1913, and yearbooks from Woodstock and Marian Central Catholic high schools. There are special collections on Todd School (Orson Welles) and the movie Groundhog Day . The webpage is the gateway to historic photographs on Flickr, and www. has digital versions of county and local history books and documents.


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Congratulations to McHenry County Historical Society on your Golden Anniversary!

Thank you for 50 years of providing and collecting history for the folks of McHenry County. We too, are celebrating our 50th year in business at Brown & Co., LLP! Its been our pleasure to serve you and all of our clients and friends, best wishes and continued success. From all of us at Brown & Co., LLP

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Congratulations on Your 50th Anniversary!

1837 to 2013 (176 years) 17 individuals have served as County Clerk First election held on June 1, 1837 March 1, 1839 Legislature approved the current boundaries of McHenry County Current Townships established in 1850 County Assessed Valuation 1855 $6,947,537 2012 $7,886,571,742 County Population 1850 14,978 2010 308,760 Votes cast at an election 1855 3,143 Nov. 2012 134,550 School Districts in McHenry County 1938 135 2013 22 Marriage Licenses through end of 2012 101,572 Voting Systems 1837-1968 Paper Ballots 1968-2000 Punch Card 2000-present Optical Scan 2006-present Touch Screen

Did you know?? Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Please REMEMBER to vote in 2014!

March 18, 2014 General Primary Election November 4, 2014 General Election