donor wall in the Library's main lobby lists the names
of individuals, organizations, and businesses, that
have donated $1,000 or more to the Foundation. Inclusion
on the wall is cumulative, so donors may advance from
one category to another over the years as they continue
to make donations to the Foundation. The donor categories
have been named after well-known Illinois authors:
Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg,
Lorraine Hansberry, and Vachel Lindsay.
donations to the Library Foundation of $1,000 or more
entitle the donor to membership in the Carnegie Society.
Members are recognized by inclusion
on the donor wall, a special pin, listing in the annual
report, and invitations to special events.
Legacy Donors are made up of individuals who have
included the St. Charles Public Library Foundation
in their estate plan. Legacy Donors members are
recognized by inclusion on the Legacy Donors Plaque
and by invitations to special events.
Lincoln $50,000 and up
16th President of the United States was born on February
12, 1809, in his own words, "in the most humble walks
of life." The son of uneducated parents from Kentucky
pioneer country, this "Rail Splitter from Illinois" had only one year of formal schooling. His passion
for knowledge and his great love of reading and study
filled the gaps in his formal education. In spite
of the disadvantages of his background, he wrote some
of the most eloquent speeches and letters in American
literature. An assassin's bullet silenced his voice
on April 15, 1865.
Hemingway $25,000 to $49,999
Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park,
Illinois. War, death, and sports were major themes
in his writing. Living in Paris in the 1920s, Hemingway
became part of the "lost generation" and was influenced
in his early writings by Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound,
and Sherwood Anderson. In 1953, Hemingway won both
the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for The Old Man and
the Sea. He died on July 2, 1961.
Sandburg $10,000 to $24,999
and Lincoln biographer Carl August Sandburg was born
on January 6, 1878, in Galesburg, Illinois. Leaving
school at the age of 13, Sandburg began a varied career.
Sandburg was part of the "Chicago School" of writers,
which also included Theodore Dreiser, Ben Hecht, Edgar
Lee Masters, and Sherwood Anderson. From 1920 to 1939,
Sandburg wrote six volumes of Lincoln biographies.
In 1940, this biography of Abraham Lincoln won a Pulitzer
Prize. In 1951, his Complete Poems won the Pulitzer
Prize. The two major themes of Sandburg's work are
his search for the meaning of American history and
his enthusiasm for the common man. He died on July
Hansberry $5,000 to $9,999
Hansberry was born in Chicago on May 19, 1930. Best
known as a playwright, she also was an early and active
civil rights reformer. Although she left college after
two years, she continued her self-education through
voracious reading and by taking classes. Her first
play, A Raisin in the Sun, in 1959 won the New York
Drama Critics' Award for the Best Play of the Year.
In 1961, the film version won the Cannes Film Festival
Award. Following her untimely death at the age of
thirty-four in 1965, her husband Robert Nemiroff edited
and published Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays
of Lorraine Hansberry. The work contains selections,
photographs of and drawings by Hansberry, and is considered
the best source of information about her life and
Lindsay $1,000 to $4,999
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois
on November 10, 1879, in a house in which Mary Todd
Lincoln's sister had lived and which had been visited
often by the Lincolns. Lindsay is credited with spurring
interest in poetry in the early 20th century due to
his originality, eccentricity, and flair for publicity.
He became a popular reciter of his rhythmic, colorful,
and exciting poetry. In 1920, he became the first
American poet to be asked to recite his poetry at
Oxford University. He died on December 5, 1931.