Forgottonia

Bruce Morton

Bruce Morton didn’t appreciate the surroundings while he grew up in Hancock County.

Remembering the Governor of Forgottonia

May 24, 2013
WIU Libraries Archives & Special Collections

For this week’s Emphasis, we present the documentary Remembering the Governor of Forgottonia.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tongue-in-cheek political campaign that helped put western Illinois on the map – sort of.  Neal Gamm, a bushy-haired, energetic, theater student at Western Illinois University, declared 16 counties should secede from the US and found the Republic of Forgottonia.