V28-2 Chicago History Book Club

Vol. XXVIII No. 2 - SPRING 2017

On April 8th, the book club drew a couple dozen readers interested in the role of railroads in the development of Chicago. Lively conversations focused on several recommended titles, but particularly The Railroad Tycoon Who Built Chicago: A Biography of William B. Ogden, by Jack Harpster. Railroads made Chicago. There is not much doubt about that. But we found what a signal difference our first mayor, William Ogden, made. He knew railroads from the ground up, having walked the Illinois prairies enlisting the support and investments of farm towns that would eventually feed Chicago and the country. He became a national sage whose advice was sought by the nation’s industrialists.

Future meetings will be held at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway, on June 10, August 12, October 14 and December 9. The June 10 book club will be discussing the Haymarket Affair of 1886. The Edgewater Branch Library and Joanna Hazelden were again very hospitable and helpful to the group in title selection and obtaining copies throughout the Chicago library branch system. Check the EHS website for upcoming titles or visit the reference desk at the library.