Library to Use Grant to Help with Display of Historical Works

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Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer

Donning a pair of white gloves, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday read through original signatures of the Declaration of Independence and held an 1880s book called "The Life of Abraham Lincoln."

The works he admires are not found in Washington, D.C., but in Mundelein.

Several items of valued American history were collected by Cardinal George Mundelein and placed in the Feehan Library at St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Durbin stopped at the seminary to announce it will receive $200,000 for library renovation from the Save America's Treasures program administered by the U.S. Interior Department.

"The Feehan Memorial Library has an impressive collection of American artifacts. Preserving those pieces of our nation's history for our children and their children is a worthy goal and I'm happy to help the university achieve it," Durbin said.

The library is under a $9 million renovation and expansion project, with about $1.5 million to renovate the existing library and about $6 million for an addition. Plans are to close the existing library for renovations in August when the addition is to be ready for use.

Feehan Library Director Mary Ocasek said the library holds 200,000 volumes, but was designed to hold 100,000. …