132 Main Street
The West Chicago City Museum will be resuming the Historiography book group on Thursday, March 16, 2017 following a short winter break. Historiography is a community non-fiction book club which meets monthly to discuss chosen book topics. Meetings are held at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, from noon -1:00 p.m.
Copies of the books may be picked up from the City Museum or at the West Chicago Library. However, attendees are not required to read the book in order to attend.
The program is free, and all are welcome. The Museum provides free drinks and treats. Attendees can bring a sack lunch, as well.
The following lists upcoming discussion dates, book titles, authors and descriptions for the next four monthly meetings:
- March 16, 2017
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Author: Sue Macy
Wheels of Change engages readers about women’s history in relation to the creation of the bicycle, which empowered women through a freedom of mobility. The book examines how women used the bicycle to improve their lives in its scrapbook-like presentation of vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons and songs. Although a serious topic, the book provides comedic inserts and includes snippets on the bicycle’s influence on fashion, while also exploring the greater impact that it has had on social change.
- April 20, 2017
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies and Medics (Women of Action)
Author: Kathryn Atwood
Women Heroes of World War I offers the brave stories of 16 women from around the world who served their country at a time when suffrage was not yet granted to women. The stories include a 17- year old Frenchwoman who assisted the Allies as a guide, and turned her home into a first-aid post; a Russian peasant who joined the Imperial Russian army, was hurt in battle multiple times and created the all-women combat unit; and an American journalist who traveled twice to Germany during the war and risked her life. Many other thrilling and inspiring stories of other courageous women are included within the pages of Women Heroes of World War I. In addition to each narrative, historical background and informative sidebars list additional resources to assist readers in learning more.
- May 18, 2017
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author: Erik Larson
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania takes place in 1915 during the first year of WWI. The enthralling story follows the luxury ocean liner that carried a large number of children and infants leaving New York enroute to Liverpool, England and the multitude of forces, both large and small, that came together to create one of the greatest disasters in history. This award-winning book employs the multiple perspectives of an intriguing cast of characters to provide a deeper level of understanding about this tragic historic event.
- June 15, 2017
Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman’s Passage in the American West
Author: Sally Denton
Faith and Betrayal follows the life of a committed spiritual widow, Jean Rio in the 1850s. After being motivated by the teachings of Mormon Missionaries, Rio left England to move to Utah. Rio’s journey was quite intriguing as she crossed the Atlantic on a steamer, boarded a riverboat to trek the Mississippi and traveled on a wagon to head to her destination. Through all her travels she kept a detailed dairy, which allowed her great great granddaughter and renowned journalist, Sally Denton, to bring Rio’s journeys alive through the book Faith and Betrayal. Her final destination proves not to be Utah once she grapples with the disconnect between the Mormon promise she hoped for and the real practices of Mormon polygamy and violence towards nonbelievers. California becomes her next stop, where a new religion fulfills her and provides the liberty she craved. The immense detail will captivate readers and connect them with the long lost story of an American pioneer.
For more information about Historiography, contact the West Chicago City Museum at (630) 231-3376.