Amika author edits local history book

Pat Camalliere, author of The Mystery at Sag Bridge, is one of the editors of a new book about Lemont history. You can find it now on Amazon, History & Anecdotes of Lemont, IllinoisCongratulations, Pat!

The Village of Lemont, Illinois rose to importance during its years as a canal town building the I&M Canal which led to the growth of Chicago and surrounding areas. Located on a bluff overlooking the Des Plaines River, Lemont’s history is also unique due to the strength, vitality, and character of its people. This book tells part of that story by presenting a collection of articles and anecdotes passed down through the generations. Most articles were originally written by members of the Lemont Area Historical Society in the early 1970s and made available through the society in its first edition in 1975. This 6th edition maintains the character of the original edition in an updated format for wider distribution and includes new material. Of note is a new listing of Lemont’s historic murals and other works of public art.

Goodreads Giveaway: Campaign! by Peter Nolan

Now on Goodreads, you can win a free copy of Campaign!: The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago. Get an insider’s look at Harold Washington’s first campaign for mayor, one of the most historic elections in Chicago’s history!

Campaign!: The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago  by Peter Nolan
Cover illustration by Justin Russo.

Peter Nolan’s first book has been called “fine and engrossing and rollicking” by Chicago Tribune’s Rick Kogan and “a solid, workmanlike piece of journalistic history” by Publishers Weekly.

Enter to win here or click the book cover. If you’re not already a Goodreads member, and you love reading, now’s the perfect time to join! (Here’s the book on Amazon if you just can’t wait.)

Ken Zurski’s Unremembered

Ken Zurski, author of The Wreck of the Columbia and Peoria Stories, has a new website called Unremembered: A History of the Famously Interesting and Mostly Forgotten.

I’ve always been fascinated by these lesser-known personalities, the so-called other people, or obscure figures whose contributions to our past have been disregarded, neglected or simply put out of mind. These are the stories I want to tell.

A new site worth following. Check it out!

‘Looking forward’ features A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital

A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital is this month’s feature on the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons’ ‘Looking forward’ column. Full article also on From the review:

The editors are to be commended for their efforts to compile a comprehensive, compelling, and loving reflection on an institution to which the surgical profession and patients around the world are deeply indebted. I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about the history of our profession and the ACS to read the book.

A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital

Upcoming events, Ken Zurski

Ken Zurski, author of Peoria Stories and The Wreck of the Columbia, will be at the Washington District Library, Thursday 19 March at 6:30 pm.

Peoria Stories news

Ken is also well-regarded in Tazewell County. In addition to this above-the-fold feature article, Ken has been invited to speak at the Tazewell County Lincoln Day Dinner, Thursday 2 April at 6:30 pm. Ken is a compelling speaker, and he’s opening for keynote Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.

Find Ken on Facebook for more information.