The mission of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation is to provide active leadership in the development, delivery, and preservation of educational and historic information regarding the Upper Midwest, especially Illinois and Chicago during the Civil War.
Planned for the restoration is the construction a prison barracks on the site to be used as a visitor’s center and a gallery of Camp Douglas and Civil War prison camps.
Volunteers are needed for:
- Fund Raising
- Community Outreach
- Gallery Design
- Developing Interpretive and Educational Programs
Board Of Directors
|Gary Benson, Director: Gary is a lifelong Chicago resident and practicing attorney in the Lincoln Park area. He is a J. D. graduate, with honors, from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. A frequent lecturer and author on topics pertaining to real estate law, his practice includes estate planning, injury law, and business and corporate law as well as all aspects of real estate law. Gary also is an active real estate investor. He is a participant in variety of professional and social organizations including the Sierra Club, Hook a Kid on Golf Foundation, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Wrightwood Neighbors and the Lincoln Park Builders. His involvement in history dates to a longstanding interest in Abraham Lincoln and the history of law in Illinois. Contact Information firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Mary Brennan, Director-Communications: A fifth-generation Chicagoan, Mary has long been passionate about the field of History, especially the history of the great City and its denizens. Following the receipt of a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mary transitioned to the field of Marketing & Communications where she has worked professionally for nearly a decade.
Fun Fact: Mary’s Great-Great Grandfather, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient James Dunne, mustered in at Camp Douglas as a member of the Chicago Mercantile Battery in 1862. Contact Information email@example.com.
|Robert I. Girardi, Director is an author and historian and has become a popular speaker and consultant on the American Civil War to audiences of all ages. Robert created a Civil War exhibit for the Bureau County Historical Society in Princeton, Illinois, using local artifacts. He has spoken to historical societies and Civil War groups all over the United States and is a well-known authority on the subject in the Chicago area where he has been interviewed on both radio and television on aspects of the Civil War. Robert earned his M.A. in Public History at Loyola University of Chicago in 1991. He is a past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago He is a fellow of the Company of Military Historians and is an associate member of the Sons of Union Veterans. He is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Historical Society as well as the editorial review board of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and has consulted for the Chicago Historical Society on its Civil War exhibits. He was the 2010 recipient of the Chicago CWRT’s Nevins-Freeman Award. He has written numerous essays and book reviews and has authored or edited nine books. Contact Information firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Michael M. Gregory, Ph.D. Director: Michael has managed archaeological excavations on the site of Camp Douglas since 2013. A native of Virginia with a strong interest in the Civil War, he received his B.S. in anthropology from Washington and Lee University and his M.A and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He is a Professional Lecturer, Anthropology, DePaul University and manages the DePaul Archaeology Field School. The Field School has done extensive work in Maywood, IL at sites related to the community’s African American heritage as well as at the Camp Douglas site. Michael joined DePaul University in 2009. He has participated in archaeological investigations in Virginia, Arizona, and in the Midwest, including Isle Royale and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has written extensively on these excavations. Contact information: email@example.com.|
|Philip Grinstead, Founding Director and Secretary: Philip W. Grinstead was with the IBM Corporation for twenty-five years, serving as senior sales executive for three of IBM’s largest international commercial accounts. A specialist in complex technical application solutions and financial marketing, Phil earned numerous awards including President of the 100% Club, IBM’s highest sales and marketing honor. After retiring from IBM in 1992, Phil was an independent consultant serving multiple Fortune 1000 companies. Active in philanthropy and community service, Phil is a volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is on the Zoning Board of the West DePaul Neighborhood Association, participates in his neighborhood CAPS program, and is a volunteer supporter of the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Foundation, which is dedicated to research in the DiGeorge Syndrome. Phil also served multiple years as master of ceremonies for the Old Town Art Fair auction fundraiser. A life-long Chicago resident, Phil is interested in the history and preservation of the city and region. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Andy Irvine, Founding Director: Andy Irvine is the Safety Director and Project Manager for Clark Roofing Co. in Broadview, IL, and has been involved in various facets of the construction industry in Chicago for over 18 years. A lifelong Chicagoland resident with a passion for Chicago history, Andy’s interest in Chicago’s history began during a high school field trip to the Prairie Avenue Historic District, when he found a deep appreciation for historical Chicago architecture. Andy hopes to contribute to the understanding of Camp Douglas through historical accurate reconstruction of the Camp facilities. Contact Information: email@example.com.|
|David Keller, Managing Director: David Keller is a long time resident of Chicago and an amateur historian. Mr. Keller’s professional life included various executive positions at Chicago area commercial banks. Currently he is a respected expert witness in banking matters throughout the country. Retired since 2002, he devotes much of his time to volunteer activities including the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago History Museum and American Youth Soccer Organization. David’s interest in Camp Douglas comes from his interest in the Civil War, Civil War Prison Camps and 19th century Chicago history. The founder of the Foundation, Mr. Keller is in demand as a speaker on the Civil War and Camp Douglas and has written a two books, The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison and Robert Anderson Bagby, Civil War Diary (Annotated) 1863-1865. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org 312-859-1940|
|Leroy “Roy” Malone, Director-Education: Roy attended NIU, Chicago State University and Northeastern Illinois University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and educational administration and supervision. He retired after 35 years as a teacher and Assistant Principal with the Chicago Public Schools. In 2001, he was a finalist for the “Outstanding Leadership Award,” awarded by the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. He currently is a consultant to school districts in teaching and leadership skills as well as management strategies and school-wide discipline programs. Roy is a volunteer at the Chicago History Museum and Evanston Hospital. He and his wife live in Evanston. Contact Information: email@example.com.|
||Dean Rodkin, Director-Education: Dean received her BS in Education from Northwestern and MS from Northern Illinois. She retired after 30 years as a junior high school social studies teacher and Student Council Advisor in Darien IL. While teaching she served as Assistant Director of the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils (IAJHSC) Summer Leadership Camp. An active member of the board of directors of the Darien (IL) Historical Society she co-authored Images of America: Darien. Ms Rodkin is also a volunteer at the Chicago History Museum and Graue Mill, Oak Brook IL. Her goal is to get kids hooked on local history and for them to see history as much more than about dead people. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
||Bernard Turner, Director-Community Relations: Bernard’s career has been in teaching German and Spanish on the secondary level and educational publishing. He is a gallery interpreter at the Chicago History Museum. In 2002, Mr. Turner founded Highlights of Chicago Press with the publication of A View of Bronzeville, a neighborhood tour guide that focuses on the important institutions and people that made Bronzeville a great neighborhood. Other publications by Highlights of Chicago Press include: TJ and The Mysterious Stranger, a children’s story; Our Chicago—People and Places; The Windies’ City—Chicago’s Historical Hidden Treasures; Chicago Neighborhoods with Flavor—Getting Out of the Loop. The most recent Highlights of Chicago Press publication is a children’s story co-written with Michelle Duster called Tate and His Historic Dream, which is a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Award for young readers for 2015. Mr. Turner serves on the steering committee of the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission. Contact Information: email@example.com.|