Madison County Historical Society Approves New Directors

The Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to their Board of Directors, Norma Asadorian, Granite City, and Jeffrey Skoblow and William Krause, both of Edwardsville.

Norma Asadorian, Granite City, is returning to the Board after a short hiatus. Asadorian is descended from Armenian immigrant ancestors who settled in the historic Lincoln Place neighborhood in Granite City. She is founder and president of the Lincoln Place Heritage Association that preserves and promotes the heritage of Granite City’s historic Lincoln Place Neighborhood.

Before her retirement in 2012, Asadorian was an award-winning secondary school educator who, over the course of her 37-year career, taught a variety of social studies courses. Through Lincoln Place and MCHS, she continues to incorporate her lifelong interests in history, languages, and archaeology. She currently works part-time for SIUE’s Historical Studies Department where she observes and evaluates student teachers.

Jeffrey Skoblow, Edwardsville, is an SIUE emeritus professor who taught in the English Department for 31 years. A native of New York, he moved to Edwardsville in 1987. He has published books and articles, most on British Literature, and is looking forward to working with the Society to build public interest in the history and culture of Madison County.

William Krause moved to Madison County in 2005 to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is president of KNR investments LLC with a portfolio of 25 single and multi-family properties in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. He has a strong interest in history as well as historic preservation. He was chair of the Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission for four years before being elected as Edwardsville’s Ward 5 alderman. He brings to the MCHS Board expertise in historic preservation, grant writing and experience in architectural restoration.

The MCHS Board is a very active organization with nearly every member of the Board devoting hundreds of hours annually towards the mission of preserving the stories and artifacts that tell the story of Madison County. MCHS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that has no government funding. The organization relies on donations and membership dues to fund operations for the Madison County Archival Library and Museum. The Society website ( provides many ways for visitors to explore Madison County history.