Series brings authors to Lisle for talks on regional history

  • The Museums at Lisle Station Park's Chicago Author Series invites residents to discuss Chicago's regional history.

    The Museums at Lisle Station Park's Chicago Author Series invites residents to discuss Chicago's regional history. Courtesy of Lisle Park District

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Posted2/5/2018 10:30 AM

On Saturdays this month, the Museums at Lisle Station Park offers the Chicago Author Series -- free, thought-provoking discussions about Chicago's regional history and culture with those who write about it.

Authors from around the Chicago area will discuss their books in a fun and informal fashion.


On Feb. 10, author Jim McGuire will talk about his book "Winfield," an expansive photo collection that showcases life in early Winfield, the location of the oldest standing depot in Illinois, dating back to 1849, with a focus on many of its early residents and places as well as work and play in the town.

The program for Feb. 17 is still in the works. Updated details will be posted online at as they are available.

On Feb. 24, Chicago native, longtime researcher and teacher of history John Boda is joined by co-author Ray Johnson, former criminal investigator, historian and lecturer on Chicago history, to discuss their book "The Great Chicago Fire," which contains extensive research and more than 200 photos of the infamous fire that destroyed the city in 1871.

The Chicago Author Series is presented by the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District with program partners the Lisle Library District, Lake Claremont Press and Arcadia Press.

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Programs begin at 1 p.m. Saturdays in February in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse on the museum campus, 921 School St., Lisle. Admission is free and coffee and refreshments are served.

The discussions are generally suitable for all ages. Seating is first come, first served.

Free parking is available in the lot on the museum campus in front of the Beaubien Tavern, as well as at the Lisle Village Hall and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots.

Volunteers needed

For those interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, the Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance and help with community and service projects.

The volunteer application can be found online at

The Museums at Lisle Station Park have open office hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Daily admission is free, and tours are available by appointment.

For more on the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, rental opportunities and the expanded field trip program, visit or call (630) 968-0499.

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