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Visionary Philanthropy

Visionary Philanthropy

Herman and Ellnora Krannert

Herman Krannert was a University of Illinois College of Engineering graduate who made a name for himself in the shipping business—in particular, by pioneering the use of corrugated cardboard through his Inland Container Corporation. In the early 1960s, Herman and his wife Ellnora (for whom our guitar festival is named) decided it was time to honor Herman’s alma mater with a new gift.

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