THE ETERNAL INDIAN

• More commonly known as the Black Hawk Statue, the Eternal Indian was constructed by Lorado Taft at his Eagle’s Nest artists’ colony in 1910.

• Weather and the passing of a century have weakened the statue, and now it must be repaired or it could be lost forever.

• State funds available to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are not enough to repair the statue.

• The Illinois Conservation Foundation and local community volunteers are raising private funding to cover the final costs of restoring this piece of American art history.

 

HISTORIC CONSTRUCTION

• The Eternal Indian was constructed by pouring concrete into forms.

• Built in frigid December temperatures, it required complex heating and pouring techniques never before tried in 1910.

• Lorado Taft brought Chicago Art Institute sculptor John Prasuhn in to help develop these new techniques.

• Local heavy equipment manufacturer E. D. Etnyre also contributed time, equipment and materials.

• One hundred years later, Etnyre’s company is once again contributing to efforts to preserve this historic statue.

 

COMMUNITY VALUE

• The Eternal Indian is a treasured landmark to the Oregon, Illinois community.

• Lorado built it to pay homage to the Native American heritage of the Rock River Valley.

• Thousands of students and art enthusiasts visit Lowden State Park every year to see the statue.

• Local residents anxiously await the restoration and return of the “Black Hawk” statue.

 

THE DAMAGE

• The statue has been damaged by snow, ice and even lightning.

• It has stood for 100 years, so wear and tear is inevitable.

• Landmarks Illinois classified it as one of the most endangered historic landmarks in the state.

• The state legislature made a $350,000 matching grant to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources — however, we now need to raise $225,000 in private money to match.

• The Illinois Conservation Foundation and local community

volunteers need your help to make it to our goal.

 

THE RESTORATION

• Planning has been completed. A contract to begin restoration is

ready once all funds are secured.

• Chicago-based engineering firm Simpson, Gumpertz and Hager is

contributing their expertise in overseeing the reconstruction.

• Quality Restorations, Inc. will complete the restoration, in some

cases using the original molds Taft and Prasuhn created together.

• On July 18, the Etnyre family foundation donated $100,000 in

addition to the $25,000 that Oregon Together has already raised.

• Local foundations have pledged another $55,000.

• All that stands in the way of saving the Eternal Indian is $35,000.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Illinois Conservation Foundation cannot save this iconic piece of art without your generosity and support. Your donations directly contribute to the preservation of the Eternal Indian. By sharing this story, you also can give others the opportunity to help us save this treasured landmark of the Rock River Valley. Will you help us protect it?

For more information or to make a donation--www.ilcf.org

 

ICF Recognizes Oregon Community and Accepts Funds for Black Hawk Statue

The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) thanked Oregon Together’s Black Hawk Team, and all the citizens and businesses from the Oregon community who contributed funds for the restoration of Lorado Traft’s “Black Hawk” statue at Lowden State Park. According to ICF, $25,000 in donations from local fundraising events, individual donors, and other contributions held by Oregon Together will go directly towards paying the costs of restoring the statue once that much awaited project begins. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when members of a local community come together to support a common cause,” said Eric Schenck, ICF Executive Director. “These contributions have significantly narrowed the funding gap that remains and have brought us that much closer to everyone’s goal of starting restoration work as soon as possible.” Schenck also gave credit to E. D. Etnyre & Company for the $100,000 donation that ICF received back in July from their family foundation.

“The Etnyre donation was yet another incredible demonstration of the Oregon community’s strong connection to their beloved ‘Black Hawk’ statue,” Schenck said. “It is inspiring to see such an outpouring of support and commitment to preserving this national historic landmark.” According to Schenck, about $35,000 is all that is left to be raised after the Etnyre and Oregon Together donations, plus pledges made by local foundations, are taken into account. Once this final sum is secured, ICF and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will enter into a contract with a Chicago- based conservator to complete repair and restoration of the statue. Those wishing to donate to the Black Hawk restoration project can do so at www.ILCF.org.

 

Oregon Lions Board Members Inducted

Leaf River Lion Paul Lindstrom inducted a new Oregon Lions’ President and board at the Oregon Lions meeting on June 28th . With his unique humor, Paul Lindstrom reminded each member of their responsibility as a member of this board. Outgoing President Rob Arneson was thanked for his year of service to Oregon Lions and received a standing ovation from the members present.

Paul Lindstrom awarded two Melvin Jones Awards. Lion Doug Aken and Lion Tom Duym were presented these awards and thanked for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to both of them!

New Oregon Lions Board includes: Dave Stenger, Joan Smola, Jan Champley, Wayne Cole, Mike Hoff, Grant Afflerbaugh and Chuck McCourt. Front row: Jim Hoff, Jean Hoff, Mary Jo Moser and new Oregon Lions President Dr. Carri Anderson.


E.D. Etnyre & Co Welcome Robin

Robin Etnyre is the Corporate Communication Specialist at E. D. Etnyre & Co. in Oregon, IL. Robin has been with Etnyre since the summer of 2018. Robin's responsibilities at Etnyre include brand management, internal communication, external communication, community involvement, and member engagement.

Prior to joining Etnyre, Robin spent five years working in 4-H Youth Developments for the
University of Illinois Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona Cooperative
Extension. During this period, Robin focused on communication with participants, training of volunteers, and coordination of events, including the county fair. Robin holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Communication and Leadership from Illinois State University, and currently resides in Oregon, IL.


E. D. Etnyre & Co. Makes Significant Donation to Black Hawk Statue Restoration Project

E. D. Etnyre & Co. hosted members of the Illinois Conservation Foundation, Oregon Together, Black Hawk Team and City Representative at their facilities on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. This gathering was a private affair for Etnyre to present a donation of $100,000 to be put towards the refurbishing project of The Eternal Indian.

For over 100 years, E. D. Etnyre & Co. and The Eternal Indian have called the banks of the Rock River in Oregon, Il home. When the call for help came in to restore this historical landmark by the Oregon Together Black Hawk Team, a dedicated local group of citizens devoted to ensuring the preservation of this nationally recognized historical landmark; it was only fitting that E. D. Etnyre & Co. would answer the call.

In the early 1900s, Edward D. Etnyre, assisted the engineer, John Prasuhn, and the artist, Lorado Taft, with the construction of The Eternal Indian, more commonly known as Black Hawk. Through this relationship, John Prasuhn became the owner of the second model “gas buggy” build by E. D. Etnyre & Co.

This car was later sold and restored by Harriet Etnyre Driver, Roger Etnyre, and Warren Shetter. This car now remains as The Eternal Indian stands, as tribute to the long history of Oregon and the men and women who came before us. This donation is an effort of the company to support the community and preserve history. One of the company’s board members, Don Etnyre said “The donation comes in good faith that the restoration project is in the position to move forward, with the backing of Oregon Together Black Hawk Team and the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s assurance that funds will directly go toward the restoration efforts.”

Through this donation and others, The Eternal Indian will continue to stand as a tribute to the men and women who have come before for many years to come.


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