Caption: Booklet - Illinois Day Celebration 1917
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This is the day whereon the sovereign State Of Illinois was born. December third, Eighteen-eighteen, the Senate cast its vote Without division granting finally The fair petition of our fathers for Admission to the Union of the States. Wherefore this day by law is duly held In honor and in grateful memory, And I today as President have called The University of Illinois In worthy Convocation, fittingly To celebrate the admission of the State. As specially his high occasion brings Together here the present and the past, So those who laid the State's foundations sure Are here in those who led our fathers then, In Ninian Edwards, Territorial Governor, In Shadrach Bond, first Governor of the State, In Pierre Menard and in Nathaniel Pope, His nephew, Daniel Cook, and E. K. Kane, In Edward Coles, McLean and Thomas,—men Who, though they builded better than they knew, Looked far into the future as they worked, As also in our day, God grant, do we! nt of the Edwards
resumes his seat and
As when we came, keen pioneers, from out The Dense wooded swamp, through which we had cut our way, Into the open prairie and the sun, So was it when we came at last from out The territorial status and heram* State own