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Author Joseph Morton to headline historical society’s annual meeting

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

UNION – This year’s annual meeting of the McHenry County Historical Society features a celebrated author and columnist as its keynote speaker. Joseph Morton, author of “The American Revolution” and “Shapers of the Great Debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787,” will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the historical society museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. His topic is the Electoral College.

“Framers of the U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College, which consists of electors – elected or appointed by the states – who officially and formally elect the president and vice president of the United States,” Morton said in a news release. “In essence, the Electoral College is a process and not an institution or place.”

Morton, 80, of Crystal Lake, majored in history and minored in government at the University of Maryland, and later earned a master’s degree and doctorate in history there.

Morton went on to teach at the University of North Carolina and later at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine and for 34 years at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

After a short break for refreshments, the society will conduct its annual meeting. Business includes:

• A vote to amend the bylaws, making the Collections Committee a standing committee of the Historical Society.

• Approval of new board members Hank Kenyon of McHenry, Diane Urban of Marengo and Sue Richards of Woodstock, and recognition of retiring board members.

• Administrative reports for fiscal year 2012-13.

For information, call 815-923-2267.

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