Author! Author! Museums of Lisle Station Park Series Features Lineup of Chicago History Experts

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A historic lineup of authors is coming to the Museums of Lisle Station Park during the next four months. Clip and save this column so you won't miss your favorites.

The multifaceted Chicago History Author Series kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, with a presentation on Chicago's history led by Naperville North High School teacher Kermit Eby and series organizer Brian Failing.

"Chicago is a paradox: a city of broken dreams, unfulfilled ideas, tremendous neighborhoods, compassion, progress, filth, fight and beauty," Eby said. "From its inception, we've enjoyed ethnic diversity, economic power, creative energy, international significance and unbounded growth."

The two men share a fascination for Chicago even though they come from different generations. Eby, who traces his Chicago roots to 1890, has taught history for 30 years. Failing, a Lisle native and the museum curator, is a student at North Central College.

* At noon Sept. 25, the program defines Chicago music with Dean Milano, who drew from his 42-year musical career to write "The Chicago Music Scene: The 1960s and 1970s."

At 4 p.m. Sept. 25, Perry Duis, a professor of urban history, will discuss his book "Challenging Chicago: Coping with Everyday Life: 1837-1920." Through real-life stories, Duis creates an account of coping with urban ills of a great industrial city.

* Jo Fredell Higgins will talk about her book on "Naperville, Illinois" at noon Saturday, Oct. 2. The 128-page book in the Images of America Series covers the 1800s to its publication in 2001.

Fiction writer and journalist Mark Quinn takes on politics in "The Chairman: A Novel of Big City Politics." The South Side boy grew into a popular speaker on politics and organized crime. As a manager and financial consultant, Quinn follows the money trail. His program is at 4 p.m. Oct. 2.

* At noon Saturday, Oct. 9, Dominic Pacyga will discuss his 462-page piece of scholarship titled "Chicago: A Biography." The history professor begins with Jean Baptista Point du Sable and captures the spirit of the city with portrayals of George Pullman, Jane Addams, Richard J. Daley and Richard M. Daley.

The presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 9 is by Karen Kruse speaking on her book, "Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville's Engine 78." The 128-page book is a tribute to her father, who spent 14 years at the single-bay firehouse across Waveland Avenue from the home of the Chicago Cubs. Kruse uses firsthand accounts and vintage photos to tell the firefighters' stories.

* At noon Saturday, Oct. 16, author Ann Durkin Keating will discuss her book "Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age." The North Central College history professor includes a look at Lisle Station within her book's 296-pages.

"Lisle Train Depot is one of the few museums in the region that focuses on the role of the railroad in area farming," Keating said. "Lisle is really doing the region a service by interpreting their station in

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