Wilmette at 150 (Paperback)

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Wilmette at 150 (Paperback)

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Wilmette at 150 is a collection of illuminating stories that feature and celebrate the people, places, and events that have shaped the village and created its unique character over the last century and a half. These stories present the grandeur of the lakefront, the turmoil of No Man's Land, the devastation wrought by a Palm Sunday tornado, the beauty of a tree memorial built for blind Judge Kolman, the final moments of notorious gangster Baby Face Nelson, the inspirational visit by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote racial justice and unity, and much more.

John Jacoby, a long-time Wilmette resident and former Village President (1989-1997), weaves all these stories into a fabric of village history-a history that includes success and failure, joy and tragedy, principle and pragmatism, unity and division. Wilmette at 150 is a tapestry that both honors the past and welcomes the future with insight, energy, and confidence.

"Breezy, engaging storytelling, framed by meticulous reporting and attention to historical context, make Wilmette at 150 an important and highly readable addition to the institutional memory of the village. While showcasing 'all of humanity's virtues and frailties' in his richly textured storylines, Jacoby also touches the heart." -Alan P. Henry, author, journalist and North Shore resident

"Anyone who ever thought of Wilmette as a sleepy suburb will have a vastly different perspective after reading this enthralling history that grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let go I did not want this book to end. It is a wonderful birthday gift to the community." -Heidi Voorhees, former Wilmette Village Manager.
John Jacoby has lived in Wilmette for almost 50 years. While practicing law with a Chicago firm, he actively participated in the civic life of the village, serving as Park District Commissioner (1979–1981), Village Trustee (1981–1989, 2004–2005), and Village President (1989–1997). In 1999 he was named Wilmette’s Citizen of the Year. Recently, he served as chair of the Village’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Task Force, and he is currently co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. From 2010 to 2020 he was a contributing columnist for the Wilmette Beacon, writing a weekly column about local history and current issues.
Product Details ISBN: 9781937484910
ISBN-10: 1937484912
Publisher: Amika Press
Publication Date: May 28th, 2021
Pages: 404
Language: English
“Breezy, engaging storytelling, framed by meticulous reporting and attention to historical context, make Wilmette at 150 an important and highly readable addition to the institutional memory of the village. While showcasing ‘all of humanity’s virtues and frailties’ in his richly textured storylines, Jacoby also touches the heart.” —Alan P. Henry, author, journalist and North Shore resident



“Anyone who ever thought of Wilmette as a sleepy suburb will have a vastly different perspective after reading this enthralling history that grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t let go! I did not want this book to end. It is a wonderful birthday gift to the community.” —Heidi Voorhees, former Wilmette Village Manager