Historical Society to Explore Lincoln Highway

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Park Forest Historical Society will hold kickoff its 2008-2009 program season with a program on the history of the Lincoln Highway.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. in the Village Board Meeting Room of the Park Forest Village Hall, located in Downtown Park Forest at 350 Victory Drive. Members will begin with a brief annual meeting to elect the Board of Directors, and officers will deliver reports. This will be followed by the program on the history of the Lincoln Highway. Meetings of the society are open to the general public.

Cynthia Ogorek’s new book, The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago, published by Arcadia in March, will be featured in an "armchair tour" of the Highway from "The Ideal Section" in Schererville and Dyer, IN, to Geneva on the Fox River in Illinois. Find out how the nation’s first hard-surfaced, transcontinental highway developed in the southern and western suburbs of Chicago. See what makes our stretch of the 3300-mile Highway unique. Photographs from the Park Forest Archive and several regional collections are included in the book. Cynthia will be selling and signing books after her talk.

Cynthia Ogorek, The Public Historian, is a native of the Calumet region and has been a practicing historian there for over twenty years. Since receiving her masters in history from Purdue University, she has published many articles and books on historical topics, including entries in Women Building Chicago 1790-1990 and The Encyclopedia of Local History. She has offered an array of historical programs since 1996. Ms. Ogorek was involved in the Lincoln Highway Coalition which worked to gain the Historic Byway designation for Lincoln Highway. Cynthia can be reached at 708-862-8662 or at [email protected].

For more information on this meeting, or on the work of the Park Forest Historical Society, contact Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or at [email protected]. The society is on the Web at www.parkforesthistory.org.