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.
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.
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.
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.