Illinois State Police Museum

Here is a great short video that discusses the Illinois State Police Museum located in Springfield, Illinois. Lots of planning now underway to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ISP being officially formed on April 1, 1922.

Illinois State Police Museum

In the video you will see a few of the display boards, and if you look for the one with a uniform patch on a sleeve surrounded by the stars and rank insignias, you will see some of my handiwork while I was assigned to the ISP Academy… I will keep posting updates of preparations for the celebrations as they finalize…

The first patrol vehicles issued to the Illinois State Police Highway Patrol Officers were WW1 US Army surplus Harley Davidson motorcycles. Each motorcycle was eventually equipped with a sidecar.  The pictures below show an Auto-Lite carbide headlight, similar to the one on the surplus Harleys’ “light system”.

Oh no… Why??

I just checked the weather forecast for tomorrow…. Sunny & 70 degrees (Fahrenheit, which is  21 degrees Celsius in case my readers in Wales wondered…). This is not the best news for me because…

Well, cuz shortly after New Years I laid out some of my plans for this year (not resolutions, I don’t do resolutions. I also don’t do social media.) One thing I mentioned I intend to do this year is to edit, revise, update, and publish my thesis on the Origins of the Illinois State Highway Patrol. I posted an excerpt from it already, and that started the process. Today, I spent the majority of the day researching a couple of the first officers who were hired in 1922. And I was having a super fun time! I guess that makes me geek-eligible, right? Well, therein lies my consternation over the nice day tomorrow…

I was hoping to spend a good portion of the day tomorrow continuing my research. But now it looks like I will be outside playing instead. Darn it.

I do have one observation I wanted to share. Based on my research today, I was able to compile a huge treasure trove of relevant information, and save it on my laptop with the relevant citation documentation incredibly fast and easily. When I was researching originally for my thesis, I had to hand write my notes and cites, and roll through miles of microfilm, and travel throughout the state to various museums, archives, and libraries to access possible records. I am (happily) overwhelmed and overjoyed by the ready access to materials online! Ahhh, technology!

On a somewhat related note, today’s researching brought me to the Memorial page online of one of my close friends who died in the line of duty 27 years ago, Trooper April Rapp Styburski … I was on my day off the night it happened. The District desk officer called me to tell me… It still brings a tear to my eye. She is buried in Oswego, Illinois. {I helped my friends, Garrick & Janice, move some of Janice’s son’s furniture and clothes to North Aurora on Saturday, and we went through Oswego. This got me to thinking about April}. End of Watch, January 5, 1990.

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