Thursday, November 03, 2005

New Lake County History Almost Ready

The Gray's Lake Review is reporting that Lake County Board Member Al Westerman's new pioneer history of Lake County is almost done.

I hate the "almost finished" category. From personal experience I know that part come sometimes take the longest time.

Westerman discussed his research with the Warren Township Historical Society Tuesday at Gurnee's Mother Rudd House. Westerman said he was inspired to create his own reference book after becoming frustrated with the resources he came across during other research. Older reference books, he said, are hand-written with hand-drawn maps, misspelled names and a lot of blanks.

"There is so much misinformation (in some Lake County history books)," Westerman said.

Still, good luck to Westerman in his work. Illinois needs more research done on the local level as what's remembered isn't often what's exactly correct.

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