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Final: 2012 Chicago History Author Series

This is the updated author list and sponsors for the Third Annual Chicago History Author Series!


UPDATED: 2012 Chicago History Author Series

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Join us for our Third Annual Chicago History Author Series! The series will host a kick-off program and concluding program with 9 authors in between! Series will be on Saturdays from September 22- November 17.

2012 Schedule:

September 22: Kick off Talk: Steve Macek & Benet Haller, with the Chicago Department of Zoning and Planning “City Planning and the Development of Chicago”

September 29: Denese Neu, “Chicago by the Pint: A Craft Beer History of the Windy City”

October 6: Wayne Klatt, “King of the Gold Coast: Cap’n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive” & Robert P. Ledermann, “State Street: One Brick at a Time”

October 13: Michael Branigan, “A History of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport”

October 20: Jenny Lewis, CCE, CHE, “Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics around Lake Michigan”

October 27: Gregory T. Peerbolte, “Randhurst: Suburban Chicago’s Grandest Shopping Center”

November 3: David Witter, “Oldest Chicago”

November 10: Christopher Lynch, “When Hollywood Landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport”

November 17: Concluding Program: Kermit Eby, “Where do we go from here, Chicago of the future?”

The talks will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. Thanks to a generous donation from History Press we will be raffling off a copy of each book at the end of each author’s presentation and we also have refreshments provided by the Lisle Library District. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499       or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.  

Our third series is presented by the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Library District and sponsored additionally by the Lisle Park District, History Press, Chicago Elevated, Lisle Heritage Society and Chicago Detours. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


2012 Chicago History Author Series

Please click here for a link to the AuthorSeriesBooklet2012


2012 Chicago History Author Series

Please click here for a link to the AuthorSeriesBooklet2012



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See you soon!

  2011 was a great year and we are glad to say it is 2012. We at the Museums at Lisle Station Park are excited to welcome you to the complex in the spring. Make sure to come by for a tour and say hello!  

 

 


Once Upon a Christmas is tomorrow and Sunday!

Bring the whole family for 19th century Christmas festivities. Come to the Beaubien Tavern for children crafts and the Depot to see Santa! There will be fresh baked apple pie sampling and cookies to enjoy while you look at historically decorated Christmas trees!

Saturday, December 3: 3 to 8pm and Sunday, December 4: 11am to 4pm.


Once Upon a Christmas is next weekend!

Bring the whole family for 19th century Christmas festivities. Come to the Beaubien Tavern for children crafts and the Depot to see Santa! There will be fresh baked apple pie sampling and cookies to enjoy while you look at historically decorated Christmas trees!

Saturday, December 3: 3 to 8pm and Sunday, December 4: 11am to 4pm.


What did you think?

I hope that all of you enjoyed the 2011 Chicago History Author Series. This was our second year hosting this event and we are proud to announce that we won an award of excellence from the Illinois Association of Museum for our 2010 series.
The museum would be interested in hearing your feedback on this year’s event. Please share with us your thoughts, positive or negative, so that we can take them into consideration when planning for next year. Is there an author you really liked or one you would like to see next year? Or is there a topic that we have yet to cover that you would be interested in?

Feel free to post comments on this post or email us at museum@lisleparkdistrict.org with your suggestions.

Thank you for your time and Happy Holidays!


Today (Final Author): Leslie Goddard: Remembering Marshall Field’s

Join us today for Leslie Goddard’s talk on her book, Remembering Marshall Field’s.

Goddard is a historian and author who writes and lectures frequently on American history, with particular expertise in the areas of women’s history and U.S. cultural history. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in women’s studies and American history. She also holds master’s degrees in both museum studies and theater. In addition to her formal teaching experience at several Illinois colleges and museums, she has worked in the field of museum exhibition and interpretation for nearly ten years, currently serving at exhibit developer at The Morton Arboretum.

For more than 150 years, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s leading department store. Shoppers loved the store for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise. Few recalled its origins as a small wholesale and retail dry goods business opened in 1852 by a reserved Quaker named Potter Palmer. That store, eventually renamed Marshall Field & Co, weathered economic downturns, spectacular fires and fierce competition to become a world-class retailer and merchandise powerhouse. Savvy owner Marshall Field sent buyers to Europe for the latest fashions, insisted on courteous service, and immortalized the phrase “give the lady what she wants.” The store prided itself on a string of firsts including the first bridal registry and first author book-signing. Although the name changed in 2006, Chicago’s grande dame of shopping lives on in the Tiffany glass mosaic dome, the Walnut Room restaurant, the bronze corner clocks, and memories of a legendary store. 

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 8 (Final): Leslie Goddard: Remembering Marshall Field’s

Join us this weekend for Leslie Goddard’s talk on her book, Remembering Marshall Field’s.

Goddard is a historian and author who writes and lectures frequently on American history, with particular expertise in the areas of women’s history and U.S. cultural history. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in women’s studies and American history. She also holds master’s degrees in both museum studies and theater. In addition to her formal teaching experience at several Illinois colleges and museums, she has worked in the field of museum exhibition and interpretation for nearly ten years, currently serving at exhibit developer at The Morton Arboretum.

For more than 150 years, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s leading department store. Shoppers loved the store for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise. Few recalled its origins as a small wholesale and retail dry goods business opened in 1852 by a reserved Quaker named Potter Palmer. That store, eventually renamed Marshall Field & Co, weathered economic downturns, spectacular fires and fierce competition to become a world-class retailer and merchandise powerhouse. Savvy owner Marshall Field sent buyers to Europe for the latest fashions, insisted on courteous service, and immortalized the phrase “give the lady what she wants.” The store prided itself on a string of firsts including the first bridal registry and first author book-signing. Although the name changed in 2006, Chicago’s grande dame of shopping lives on in the Tiffany glass mosaic dome, the Walnut Room restaurant, the bronze corner clocks, and memories of a legendary store. 

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Today: Bill Savage, Chicago: City on the Make

Join us today Bill Savage’s talk on the 60th anniversary edition of Chicago: City on the Make.

Originally published by Nelson Algren, Savage will talk about the various versions of the book, about Nelson Algren and most importantly Chicago.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 7: Bill Savage, Chicago: City on the Make

Join us this weekend for Bill Savage’s talk on the 60th anniversary edition of Chicago: City on the Make.

Originally published by Nelson Algren, Savage will talk about the various versions of the book, about Nelson Algren and most importantly Chicago.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Today: Gayle Soucek, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

Join us today for Gayle Soucek’s talk on his book, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City.

 The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes. Gayle’s talk will touch on these events and more!

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 6: Gayle Soucek, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

 The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes. Gayle’s talk will touch on these events and more!

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.

 


Today: Larry Bennett, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Join us today for Larry Bennett’s talk on his book, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism.

Bennett is a Professor at DePaul Unviersity in Chicago. The Third City tells the story of Chicago’s remarkable renaissance. Under the auspices of Mayor Daley, the Windy City has become a global tourist destination, its downtown host to such lavish public works as Millennium Park, its urban center utterly transformed and revitalized. Meanwhile, a growing number of middle class professionals working in new economy sectors now occupy the city’s many neighborhoods and comingle with new immigrant streams in enclaves once rigidly defined by race and ethnicity.

The Chicago popularized by Nelson Algren and Mike Royko, the gritty metropolis where the game of machine politics overshadows its ends, the Chicago known as the Second City, has blossomed into what Bennett calls the Third City: a progressive, post-industrial capital of innovations in architecture, music, education, cuisine, and the arts — a place where people want to visit and work and play and live and be.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 5: Larry Bennett, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Join us this weekend for Larry Bennett’s talk on his book, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism.

Bennett is a Professor at DePaul Unviersity in Chicago. The Third City tells the story of Chicago’s remarkable renaissance. Under the auspices of Mayor Daley, the Windy City has become a global tourist destination, its downtown host to such lavish public works as Millennium Park, its urban center utterly transformed and revitalized. Meanwhile, a growing number of middle class professionals working in new economy sectors now occupy the city’s many neighborhoods and comingle with new immigrant streams in enclaves once rigidly defined by race and ethnicity.

The Chicago popularized by Nelson Algren and Mike Royko, the gritty metropolis where the game of machine politics overshadows its ends, the Chicago known as the Second City, has blossomed into what Bennett calls the Third City: a progressive, post-industrial capital of innovations in architecture, music, education, cuisine, and the arts — a place where people want to visit and work and play and live and be.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Today: Gerald Gems, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City

 Join us today for Professor Gerald Gems talk on his book, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City.

Gems is a Professor at North Central College and author of 8 books. He will present on sport and the assimilation of ethnic groups in Chicago, which touches upon a number of the topics in the book and then allow for discussion.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 4: Gerald Gems, The Chicago Sports Reader:100 Years of Sports in the Windy City

 Join us this weekend for Professor Gerald Gems talk on his book, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City.

Gems is a Professor at North Central College and author of 8 books. He will present on sport and the assimilation of ethnic groups in Chicago, which touches upon a number of the topics in the book and then allow for discussion.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Last Chance: World War II poster exhibit ends this Saturday!

An exhibit featuring U.S.government posters from World War II at The Museums at LisleStationPark’s historic train depot in Lisle runs through Saturday, October 15th.

The exhibit features seven original posters printed by theUnited Statesgovernment, which was actively involved in propaganda efforts to encourage citizens to support the war in Europe andAsia. Posters played a vital role in this effort.

The ubiquitous “I Want You for the U.S. Army,” featuring a finger-pointing Uncle Sam, is the most recognizable image in the exhibit. Another recruitment poster features Uncle Sam again, this time rolling up his sleeves and urging young men to “Defend Your Country.” Famous boxer Joe Louis is shown in a combat uniform saying, “We’re going to do our part.. .and we’ll win because we’re on God’s side.” One poster features Abraham Lincoln and an African-American pastor protecting children of all

races from the evil lashes of the Axis Powers, withLincoln’s quote “This world cannot exist half slave and half free.”

Those on the home front are encouraged to pitch in toward the war effort. Citizens are urged to buy war bonds in a poster showing children at play with a shadowy Nazi swastika looming nearby – “Don’t Let That Shadow Touch Them.” A falling bomb labeled “More Production” is shown falling on symbols ofJapanand Nazi Germany.  “He’s Watching You” depicts a helmet-wearing Nazi soldier peering over a wall.

The importance of farmers to the war effort is demonstrated in a poster with the headline, “What Farm Help Do You Need This Year?” It offers help from the U.S. Boys’ Working Reserve and asks, “How Many Boys Do You Need?”

The exhibit was put together by the Public Affairs staff of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the original posters are in the library’s collection. It was displayed in the Governor’s Tent at the 1995 Illinois State Fair as part of an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is now one of several traveling exhibits available from the Illinois Association of Museums.


Today: David Royko, Royko in Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol

Join us today for David Royko’s talk on his book, Royko In Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol.

Royko, Psy.D. has written about about music, mediation, divorce, and autism for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Parents magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited, the New York Times, and for National Public Radio’s This American Life. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Royko joined the mediation and intervention team of the Marriage & Family Counseling Service of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1988, for which he has been director since 1993.

 The book includes readings from his father Mike’s letters and related columns, discussion about life with his parents and “growing up Royko,” the love letters’ place in his family’s life (“the Holy Grail of my nuclear family”), as well as photos from “Mickey’s” years in the Air Force and beyond. In reviewing a 2009 performance of Royko in Love, Ageless North Shore wrote, “Whatever your view of Mike Royko, based on his columns, books, and news accounts, the Royko letters provide an insight into what became the man in full.” The program ends with a Q&A session — typically lively — and books will be available for purchase and signing. David Royko presents Royko In Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol will be treasured by Royko fans as well as anybody who loves a great love story.

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

 All events are free, donations appreciated.

 “Mike Royko wrote love letters to his readers every day,and maybe this is how he got started.” ~ Roger Ebert


Week 3: David Royko, Royko in Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol

Join us this weekend for David Royko’s talk on his book, Royko In Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol.

Royko, Psy.D. has written about about music, mediation, divorce, and autism for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Parents magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited, the New York Times, and for National Public Radio’s This American Life. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Royko joined the mediation and intervention team of the Marriage & Family Counseling Service of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1988, for which he has been director since 1993.

 The book includes readings from his father Mike’s letters and related columns, discussion about life with his parents and “growing up Royko,” the love letters’ place in his family’s life (“the Holy Grail of my nuclear family”), as well as photos from “Mickey’s” years in the Air Force and beyond. In reviewing a 2009 performance of Royko in Love, Ageless North Shore wrote, “Whatever your view of Mike Royko, based on his columns, books, and news accounts, the Royko letters provide an insight into what became the man in full.” The program ends with a Q&A session — typically lively — and books will be available for purchase and signing. David Royko presents Royko In Love: Mike’s Letters to Carol will be treasured by Royko fans as well as anybody who loves a great love story.

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

 All events are free, donations appreciated.

 “Mike Royko wrote love letters to his readers every day,and maybe this is how he got started.” ~ Roger Ebert


Today: Richard Guzman, Black Writing From Chicago: In the World, Not of it?

Join us on Saturday for Professor Richard Guzman’s talk about his book, Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of it?. Guzman is a Professor of English at North Central College and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Chicago literature.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


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