Milner Library’s first exhibit of the spring 2022 semester highlights a vital figure in Redbird history, Charles E. Hovey. Located on the second floor just inside the library’s main entrance, Finding Hovey is available from February 1 through February 20, 2022.

Charles Hovey played a significant role in the founding, development, and early operations of Illinois State Normal University. Organized by University Archivist April Anderson-Zorn, Finding Hovey explores the recent restoration and conservation of a portrait featuring Hovey during his pre-Civil War years. The restoration of the Hovey portrait was made possible by a generous donation from the George and Helen Obalil Family Fund and illustrates how giving to the library can support University education beyond the classroom.

Additional artifacts and information are also a part of the exhibit, including Hovey’s Civil War swords. With the portrait back on campus for the first time in decades, patrons are invited to explore this important piece of art and discover new details about Illinois State University’s history.

Event Information
What: Finding Hovey exhibit
Where: Milner Library, Floor 2
When: Tuesday, February 1 through Sunday, February 20, 2022

About Milner Library Exhibits Program

Milner Library’s Exhibits Program provides a platform for campus and community partners to host and present diverse works of art, science, and culture. Milner Library pursues informative, interactive, and educational programs that support the University’s educational mission and reflect our vibrant community. Library exhibits and related events are open to ISU students, faculty, staff, and the greater community at no cost. For more information, visit