December 05, 2005

Honor society salutes Carbondale couple

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill -- An honors group at Southern Illinois University Carbondale saluted a Carbondale City Council member and her husband for their efforts in establishing an African-American museum here.

Corene and Milton McDaniel were the guests of honor Friday during the annual banquet of the Sigma Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history undergraduates.

Natasha Zaretsky, faculty advisor for the Sigma Kappa sorority, said the couple's efforts on behalf of the museum are important steps in preserving local history.

"The enduring work of the McDaniels reflects the values we try to convey to our students when we teach history ­– a desire to uncover the past in all of its complexity, as well as an appreciation for the importance of local history to understanding the larger picture," she said.

Corene McDaniel recently began her second term on the Carbondale City Council. She won election in 2001. The African American Museum of Southern Illinois is located at University Mall, 1237 E. Main St., Carbondale.

Researching, developing and promoting unique opportunities for tourism and travel development in Southern Illinois are among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.