Dr. Michael Devine became the Director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) in 1985, shortly after Governor Jim Thompson first created the agency. He presided over a large number of historic sites throughout the state, as well as the Illinois State Historical Library and other directorates. During his tenure, improvements were made for programs to the Old State Capitol, the Dana Thomas House was opened to much fanfare, and the Pullman factory site was purchased. He left Illinois in 1991 when he was selected to be the Director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.
Thompson at Florence Hotel
Interview Session 01 (Audio)
Early life, Peace Corp and career to selection as IHPA Director
Interview Session 02 (Audio)
Experiences at Director of IHPA and state historian
Interview Session 03 (Audio)