Received the following email in response to my comments about the plaque commemorating Daniel Brush's speech in Carbondale (reprinted with permission).
The Brush plaque was paid for by private donations from a group of dedicated local Civil War historians who feel that Brush’s speech turned the support in Carbondale (and the region) to the North. Up to that time it wasn’t very definite which way this part of the state would go. Apparently, to local historians, this was a significant event in the Civil War.
The Commission has begun a line item account with the city so we can receive donations for other plaques . Currently we’re working on one to commemorate the beginning of Carbondale College which eventually morphed into SIU. Again, a local historian led the charge on that one. Donations are being solicited to place that marker, which hopefully will happen in May. The site for that one is just behind the new Safety Center over where Lincoln Junior High stood. We read your blog with excitement, because we’d love to have other persons in the city come to us with their ideas. One of the Preservation Commission’s purposes is education and we know there are some very nice local sites that people should be aware of. If you have ideas, let us know!