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Watts, May Theilgaard

Arboretum Landscape Teaching Aid Series: An Old Bridge

black marker and watercolor on illustration board
Digitization Status
36.1 cm W x 55.9 cm H (Item)
1 sheet
Date created
mid 20th century
Primarily textual teaching aid depicting Arboretum landscape. This material describes a bridge that was left on what are now the Arboretum grounds, as well as part of the story of the Morton Arboretum's origins.

[Illustration of the bridge] Header: AN OLD BRIDGE was left behind when the HIGHWAY cut through [illustration of the highway]

Text and illustrations from top to bottom:
  • [Depicted in stylized scroll] The Record: The old bridge still bears a plate with the date. It rested for many years. Now the Arboretum uses it. (but No Buses, please)
  • Interpreting the record: The old bridge must have served many a surrey, and hayrack, and cattle being driven to market, and horses going to the Saturday Horse Fair at Naperville. This was the bridge that Joy Morton crossed on the day of the event described here [to the right of this text is pasted material from the May 1952 "Service Bulletin," Vol. 21, No. 2, including the front cover illustration depicting an antique vehicle and two men putting out a brush fire and partial text describing how Joy Morton found the location where he had his home Thornhill built.]