Some days it just pays to get the mail, as Lake County Historical Society Pres. Jim Ogle recently learned.
A couple of months ago, Ogle mailed a copy of the society’s 2008 book, “Lake County: The First 100 Years,” to the White House in Washington D.C.
As it turns out, it was a gift well received, as on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Ogle received a letter of thanks for the gift from none other than the nation’s First Lady, Michelle Obama.
The letter, dated Jan. 29, reads: “Thank you so much for sharing your book with me, and I hope you know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. The support of people all over the country continues to amaze me, and I am filled with a great sense of hope for our shared future. Again, thank you for your kindness. I wish you all the best.”
Ogle said that the letter’s receipt was well timed, as the historical society just happened to have a meeting on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, affording him an opportunity to share the special correspondence with others.
“They were glad we got a little recognition for Lake County from the White House,” he said.
Norma Lund, a former vice-president for the historical society, echoed Ogle’s sentiments.
“There’s something about the feeling of having the book — from here — back there,” she said.
Lund’s husband is among the directors of the historical society, and Ogle is also a current director.