History Book Discussion
Aug
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

History Book Discussion

Lincoln's Greatest Case
By Brian McGinty

Re-creating the Effie Afton case from its unlikely inception to its controversial finale, McGinty brilliantly animates this legal cauldron of the late 1850s, which turned out to be the most consequential trial in Lincoln's nearly quarter century as a lawyer. Along the way, the tall prairie lawyer's consummate legal skills and instincts are also brought to vivid life, as is the history of steamboat traffic on the Mississippi, the progress of railroads west of the Appalachians, and the epochal clashes of railroads and steamboats at the river’s edge.

Lincoln's Greatest Case is legal history on a grand scale and an essential first act to a pivotal Lincoln drama we did not know was there.

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Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell
Sep
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell

McDowell Grove Forest Preserve was home to a Civilian Conservation Corps, a signal corps school for radar technology, and even a communications school for the Office of Strategic Services, America’s World War II spy agency and precursor to the CIA. Discover this preserve’s intriguing history through this program featuring historic photographs and documents. 

Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating.

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Picnic at the Peck
Sep
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

Picnic at the Peck

Bring your blanket and family to the Peck Homestead. Live music with the Plank Road Folk Music Society. We'll provide hot dogs and s'mores, and have family activities. Free event, donations welcome. The picnic is from 1:00-4:00.

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History Book Discussion
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

History Book Discussion

The Witches: Salem, 1692
By Stacy Schiff

With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

The Witches is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled-in crackling detail and lyrical prose-by one of our most acclaimed historians.

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Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard
May
26
12:00pm12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard

Amateur historian and long-time Lombard resident Carl Shaver will discuss changes in the railroad through Lombard over the last 40+ years. He’ll touch on the history of the discontinued CGW line and technology updates to tracks, signals, operations (once Union Pacific took over), and freight equipment. Carl is always thrilled to answer those railroad questions you didn’t even know you had. 
Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating. 

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History Book Discussion
Apr
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

History Book Discussion

War of Two:  Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation
By John Sedgwick

A provocative and penetrating investigation into the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting Vice President into a fugitive.  Presented in collaboration with the Helen Plum LIbrary.

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