HCC library receives donation of Civil War books

Highland students and northwest Illinois residents will have access to more than 200 gently used books about the American Civil War, after a donation from John Rutherford of Apple River. Rutherford said his collection of history reading material had grown so vast that he decided the books should be shared with the community at the Clarence Mitchell Library on the Highland campus.

John Ruthford (left) and Michael Skwara show some of the Civil War books donated to the HCC library.

Rutherford said his thirst for Civil War history began years ago. As his collection began to grow, he and his wife, Barb, decided the books were to be shared.

"I have always been a big supporter of community colleges," Rutherford said. "Joe Vondra, who passed away a few years ago from Warren, was a graduate of Highland. I think of students like Joe, who could benefit by reading these books."

Michael Skwara, user services librarian at Highland, said, "This is a fantastic collection to be donated to our students for use at the library. John's passion for history will be passed on to our students and the community."

John Rutherford (right) looks at a current Civil War book as Michael Skwara looks on at the HCC library.

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