Chicago Author Series

Chicago Author Series

Every Saturday, February 2-23 at 1:00pm
Events will be held in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 921 School Street, Lisle

Free, thought provoking discussions about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland will present their books in a fun and informal fashion. Join us for a deep discussion, coffee and refreshments in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Please Note: Program subject to change without notice. Visit the Lisle Library to check out the books featured in this series. Seating is on a first come basis. Admission is FREE and this event is designed for the whole family!

Presenting Sponsors: The Museums at Lisle Station Park and The Lisle Park District
Thank You To Our Program Partners: Lisle Library District & Arcadia Press

Naperville: A Brief History

Saturday, February 9 at 1:00pm

  • “Naperville: A Brief History” by Bryan J. Ogg

Bryan Ogg, a museum professional, educator, and author, moved to Naperville in 2004 and quickly gained the trust and respect of the community he now calls home. His love of history is deeply rooted in family, community, and story-telling.

This book is part of the "Brief History" series published by The History Press. The 190 pages, 70 illustrations (the majority from private collections), full index, footnotes, and exhaustive bibliography provide a sketch and springboard to the 187-year narrative of the founding and community of Naperville.

Images of America: River Grove

Saturday, February 16 at 1:00pm

  • “Images of America: River Grove” by Kenneth J. Knack

Local historian and Auxiliary Police Officer for the Village of Forest Park, Kenneth J. Knack has written three books on communities that border the Des Plaines River for Arcadia Publishing, including Forest Park, Elmwood Park, and River Grove.

The oldest town in Leyden Township, River Grove has gone from being home to Native American tribes to the melting pot that it is today. The reader of "River Grove," through photos and words will travel from the farmlands it once contained to a Polynesian paradise nestled near the banks of the Des Plaines River. Considered a real-life "Mayberry" by longtime residents, it continues to have that small-town feel amid the hustle and bustle of a village bordering the metropolis of Chicago.

Building Chicago's Subways

Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm

  • “Building Chicago's Subways” by David Sadowski

David Sadowski is the author of Building Chicago's Subways and runs the blog Trolley Dodger. He has been researching rail transit in Chicago for several years and has amassed a huge photographic collection.

While the elevated Chicago Loop is justly famous as a symbol of the city, the fascinating history of its subways is less well known. The City of Chicago broke ground on what would become the 'Initial System of Subways' during the Great Depression and finished 20 years later. This gigantic construction project, a part of the New Deal, would overcome many obstacles while tunneling through Chicago's soft blue clay, under congested downtown streets, and even beneath the mighty Chicago River. Chicago's first rapid transit subway opened in 1943 after decades of wrangling over routes, financing, and logistics. It grew to encompass the State Street, Dearborn-Milwaukee, and West Side Subways, with the latter modernizing the old Garfield Park "L" into the median of Chicago's first expressway. Take a trip underground and see how Chicago's "I Will" spirit overcame challenges and persevered to help with the successful building of the subways that move millions. Building Chicago's subways was national news and a matter of considerable civic pride – making it a "Second City" no more!

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