Thursday, June 4, 2009
"The Man from Libertyville"
The Adlai Stevenson II historic home in Mettawa has been in the public eye recently with the completion of its renovation. The Lake County Forest Preserves' spent several years planning and renovating the home with State funding. This summer, public tours are available and indoor exhibits will be opening.
Thanks to all the press, the museum has benefited with donations of Stevenson memorabilia and books.
Stevenson was one of the 20th century's most important statesmen. He was Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, ran twice for President as the Democratic National Candidate in 1952 and 1956, and served as Ambassador to the United Nations during the Kennedy administration from 1961 to 1965.
Among the Stevenson II memorabilia is this color campaign pin for Adlai Stevenson II and John Sparkman. Alabama Senator John Sparkman was chosen as Stevenson's presidential running mate in 1952. The slogan: "Go Forward with Stevenson Sparkman," was very appropriate for the future thinking Stevenson.
"Adlai and Estes" color campaign pin, 1956. This was Stevenson's second bid for the presidency. Carey Estes Kefauver ran as his vice-president, and was a Senator from Tennessee.
In 1965, after Stevenson's untimely death in London while U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the U.S. Postal Service issued this commemorative stamp.
For more information about upcoming guided tours and exhibits: Adlai E. Stevenson II historic home.