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Paul Findley Collection donated to Illinois College


Jacksonville, Ill. – Nearly 10 years of planning and preparation came to fulfillment on Monday, November 25, as the Deed of Gift for the Paul Findley Collection was signed over to Illinois College. The event took place in the Findley Congressional Office Museum housed in historic Whipple Hall on the Illinois College campus.

Findley, a 1943 graduate of Illinois College, represented the 20th Illinois District in the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1983. He has graciously donated his congressional papers and numerous artifacts from his long and distinguished career to his alma mater.

At the signing ceremony, Findley said that he was full of “rejoicing, happiness and gratitude.” Although he does not consider himself a historic figure, he said “I was on the scene during a lot of history, and it could be that some of the activities I took part in will yield information for historians in the future.” He also said he hoped the museum would inspire others of the 20 Illinois College students who have served in Congress to donate their artifacts and papers for study and display.

Illinois College President Barbara Farley accepted the donation on the part of the college. She thanked “the entire Findley family for this great gift to Illinois College” and said that “students and researchers will come for decades to this educational venue” where “we will honor your legacy always, treasure it and steward it.”

Also attending the ceremony were museum curator Claire Jerry, Illinois College Board of Trustees President Joy French Becker, Board Vice President Robert Chipman, Craig Findley and many other invited guests.

For more information contact Jerry at 217-291-1627 or at findley.curator@ic.edu.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Visit www.ic.edu or call 217-245-3149 for more information.


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