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Title: Margaret "Peggy" Stuntz, 2003-2009

ID: RHC/RC/297

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/22/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Barber, Lucius, Bennett, George Washington, Cernocky, Sr., Louis, Farnsworth, Colonel John, Harvard, Ill., Heaven City (Ill.), Historical drama - Plays, Kirkland (Ill.), Kirkland Historical Society, McHenry County Historical Society, McIntyre, Winifred May Lincoln, Moore, Alfred J., Stuntz, Margaret, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States. Army. Illinois Cavalry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Margaret Stuntz Papers contain research, photographs and plays from Margaret Stuntz who writes and directs historical plays for the McHenry County Historical Society.  Stuntz began writing historical plays for the McHenry County Historical Society in 2003.  She strives for historical accuracy, and draws inspiration from letters, diary entries, journals and newspapers to write the plays.

The first play by Stuntz at the McHenry County Historical Society was “The George Washington Bennett Wake,” in October of 2003.  Bennett was an early settler of Marengo and the play depicts frontier times in Illinois.  The papers include a script, Bennett family genealogy, and photographs from the play, historical houses, and gravestones.

In 2004, Stuntz was involved with the production of “The Wake of Winnifried May Lincoln McIntyre.”  Winnie Lincoln was the daughter of early McHenry County settlers.  Included is a script, music, and photographs of the play.  Included with the research are extensive Lincoln and McIntyre family genealogies and obituaries.

The third play, “The Wake of Lucius Barber” was performed in October, 2005.  Barber was a Civil War soldier and prisoner at Andersonville Prison camp in Georgia where he died of tuberculosis.  Barber also wrote Army Memoirs of Lucius Barber, 1865.  Included with this collection is a script, photos of the production, photos of his grave site and home, and an encore presentation in 2006.

A “Historic and Haunted Seance” was performed in 2007.  This play focused on a clairvoyant who tries to contact early McHenry County settler families of Thomas, Noyes and Coquilette.  The play showcases the California Gold Rush, Civil War, Richmond Il, Lincoln’s assassination, and capture of John Wilkes Booth.  Production photos are included.

In 2008, Stuntz and the McHenry County Historical Society put on the performance of “Death Fight in Love City.”  This play showcased Dr. Alfred J. Moore and his commune at Heaven City, near Harvard Il.  These papers contain information on Moore, the Life Institute cult of Chicago, numerous newspaper articles on Heaven City and genealogy on the Moore and Shirley Talcott families.

In 2009, Stunts and the Kirkland Historical Society put on the production “Riding into History, Illinois 8th Calvary.”  This play depicts the story of the 8th Illinois Calvary and Col. John Farnsworth.  Included with these papers are scene organizations, a script, music and photos.

Additionally included with the Margaret Stuntz papers is a book she authored, “Kirkland: Then and Now,” 2007.  This is a historical depiction of Kirkland’s history from 1842 to 2007, with some of the actual descendants providing information about their ancestors.  A DVD is also included.

The Margaret Stuntz papers also include research on John Beveridge, Ellis Buck, DeKalb County, the Farnsworth Family, William Gamble, Dr. Abner Hard, Harvey Augustus Humphry, 8th Illinois Calvary, Illinois Calvary Rosters, Marcellus Jones, William H. Medill, Theodore Stull, Henry Sheldon, and Silas Wesson.

Collection Historical Note

Margaret “Peggy” Stuntz writes and directs plays for the McHenry County Historical Society which puts on a historical play once a year.  She has been involved with 7 plays, from 2003 to 2009.  The plays depict historical significant residents of McHenry County in an educational and humorous manner.

Subject/Index Terms

Barber, Lucius
Bennett, George Washington
Cernocky, Sr., Louis
Farnsworth, Colonel John
Harvard, Ill.
Heaven City (Ill.)
Historical drama - Plays
Kirkland (Ill.)
Kirkland Historical Society
McHenry County Historical Society
McIntyre, Winifred May Lincoln
Moore, Alfred J.
Stuntz, Margaret
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Illinois Cavalry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Margaret “Peggy” Stuntz

Acquisition Method: Margaret “Peggy” Stuntz donated her papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on February 22, 2010.

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Folder 1: Kirkland, Illinois- "Then and Now", 2007
Folder 2: Kirkland, Illinois- "Then and Now"- video, 2007
Folder 3: Riding Into History - Play-Kirkland, Illinois, 2009
Folder 4: Riding into History - Play (photos), 2009
Folder 5: Historic Halloween Play -  (5 photos), 2009
Folder 6: CD: Riding into History - 3 video clips and photos (Photos from historic Halloween play), no date
Folder 7: Research: John Beveridge, no date
Folder 8: Research: Ellis Buck, no date
Folder 9: Research: DeKalb County, Illinois., no date
Folder 10: Research: Farnsworth Family, no date
Folder 11: Research: William Gamble
Folder 12: Research: Dr. Abner Hard, no date
Folder 13: Research: Harvey Augustus Humphrey, no date
Folder 14: Research: History- 8th Illinois Cavalry, no date
Folder 15: Research: Illinois Cavalry Rosters, no date
Folder 16: Research: Marcellus Jones, no date
Folder 17: Research: William H. Medill, no date
Folder 18: Research: Others, no date
Folder 19: Research: Theadore Stull, no date
Folder 20: Research: Silas Wesson, no date

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