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Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
McLean County Museum of History
2nd Floor Courtroom

PROGRAM:    New Tools from FamilySearch!
SPEAKER:      Susan Anderson


Perspectives on Cemeteries and Graves
subject of joint Museum and
Genealogy Society program

The Museum, in partnership with the McLean County Genealogical Society, is pleased to welcome Illinois historian and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University Dr. John Hallwas, who will present his program “Cemeteries and Graves: American Historical and Literary Perspectives.”  This program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.  This program is free and open to the public.

Hallwas’ program is a lively and probing look at the American response towards cemeteries and graves.  He will examine the ever-changing view of cemeteries and graves, especially in the nineteenth century, when park-like burying grounds were developed and attitudes toward death became more complex.  His program will also focus on universal issues such as temporality, remembrance, confronting death, and coping with loss.  Short poems by note American authors such as John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, and Dave Etter, will be part of the program.

John Hallwas was born and raised in Illinois; Hallwas taught English for 34 years at WIU and hosts a namesake lecture series there each September. Now retired from WIU, Hallwas is a member of the Illinois Humanities Council’s “Road Scholars” program. For more than 30 years Hallwas has functioned as a public intellectual, bringing historical and cultural insights to the people of Illinois and adjacent states through a wide range of publications, lectures, and workshops focused on literature, history, community life and creative nonfiction. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Here to Stay: Reflections of the Dead in a Small-Town Cemetery.  He is also the creator of the Memory Shall Be Ours, a musical reenactment of a traditional nineteenth-century Decoration Day ceremony, set in an Illinois Cemetery.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. IHC is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.


For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at or by telephone 309-827-0428.  Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.


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Elmer E. Garst's Record Book©
containing the names, births, and deaths
of residents of Stanford, IL

Former Names of Bloomington-Normal Streets
Sources of Bloomington-Normal Street Names

1,980+ NAMES with MORE updates to come!
Index to MCGS's Vertical Surname Files

Additional Resources


Illinois McLean County Cemeteries, Vol. 21,
Hudson Cemetery, Hudson, Illinois

Visit our Publications section for an order form.

Hudson Cemetery, located on the east side of the Village of Hudson, was established in 1837.  The oldest graves now marked in the cemetery are from 1841.  The earliest cemetery records located are from 1916 to the present. 

This Hudson Cemetery book has been two years in the making and contains 65 pages, 48 of which are a listing of over 1700 names.  Where known, information included is name, date of birth, date of death, place of death, date of burial, grave location within the cemetery, funeral home, military service, and sometimes name of spouse or parents. 

The book has several pages of photos of the cemetery and historic monuments.  Cemetery views are also featured on the front and back of the softbound cover.





"The McLean County Museum of History and The McLean County Genealogical Society are proud to announce the publication of one of our most ambitious projects in our 100 year history."

Read all about it!
Brochure and Order Form--Members

Brochure and Order Form--Non-Members


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