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SPRINGFIELD -- Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning an exhibit featuring former Gov. Adlai Stevenson II and his family's political dynasty.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has hired a company to create exhibits that could coincide with the 50th anniversary of Stevenson's death, the (Decatur) Herald & Review reported.

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Stevenson' son, former U.S. Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, donated papers, memorabilia and objects that the Evanston-based design firm Teller Madsen will use in the exhibit.

It's also likely to include information on former Vice President Adlai Stevenson I. He served as the nation's 23rd vice president in the 1890s.

"The quality of material available for creating an exhibition is very, very high," said Greg Koos, executive director of the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington.

Koos said it's historically important because the Stevenson family played an important role in local, national and international politics.

Stevenson II served one term as the governor of Illinois and four years as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. He also ran for president twice, in 1952 and 1965.

Artifacts for the exhibit could also come from Stevenson collections at Illinois State University and the McLean County Museum of History.

Teller Madsen has put together Stevenson II exhibits at his home near Libertyville. The firm will receive nearly $20,000 for its contract, which runs through the beginning of next year.

The newspaper reports the exhibit's opening date wasn't available Monday.

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