Images of America: Robert Allerton, His Parks and Legacies
Today many Central Illinois communities around Monticello, Champaign, and Decatur know the name of Robert Allerton only as the former owner of Allerton Park and Retreat Center outside of Monticello, Illinois. Some people may also know of his Kauai, Hawaii paradise called Lawai-Kai, today part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. But few people today are aware of his history. Author Maureen Holtz will share an online presentation about the man, his history, and why he wound up in Central Illinois and Kauai. The presentation includes a large collection of archival photograph of Robert Allerton and his Illinois and Kauai estates.
Holtz co-authored an earlier biography, now out-of-print, and wrote a photography book about Allerton and his properties. Her 2013 book by Arcadia Publishing focused on Monticello, IL. Her novel, The Last Resort, can be purchased from Amazon, Hartfield Bookstore and the author.