‘Along the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Line’ Program

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 11, 2014. The Park Forest Historical Society will present the program, “Along the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Line” by author Cynthia Ogorek on Sunday February 23, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Ms. Ogorek will be selling and signing her books at the event. Information is with Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

Cynthia Ogorek is a public historian and author based in Calumet City, Illinois. Specializing in Calumet Region history, she has produced a series of three books on the region’s transportation history. Her latest is called Along the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Line. Shortly after its publication, the book won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society, the Illinois Women’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.

Cynthia says the “secret” subtitle for the book is “The non-rail fan’s guide to the South Shore—a history of the railroad for ‘the rest of us.’”

During her presentation on the South Shore railroad, Cynthia will give an overview of the history of the company plus notes on how an electric interurban works and the historic sites you can see from the windows of the “South Shore” as it travels the ninety miles between downtown Chicago and the South Bend airport.  From a world-class city through the rolling agricultural acres, from steel mills through a national lakeshore, some 200 vintage photographs illustrate the unique view of the Calumet region that South Shore passengers have traditionally enjoyed.

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