History Book Discussion
Jan
7
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

by Candace Millard

Millard focuses her formidable research and narrative skills on the shooting of president James Garfield and his death, 79 days later, from the misguided medical care he received. Millard has found compelling characters and narrative drama in historical events that have been largely overlooked.

“I found him very admirable and I found it a real loss to the nation that he’s been forgotten. I think there’s a lot we can learn from him and from this tragedy.” Christian Science Monitor Interview, Oct. 4, 2011

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Lombard Christmas Mart
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Lombard Christmas Mart

  • Lombard Historical Society - Carriage House (map)
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The Lombard Historical Society will be open for the Christmas Mart along Maple Street. Stop in our Carriage House for beautiful ornaments, scarves, children's books, mugs, Lilac Time mugs and posters, and much more!

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History Book Discussion
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

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: Rediscovering Camp McDowell
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

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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History Book Discussion
Aug
20
2:00 PM14:00

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 - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

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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