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Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberry Case MS 166.

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Staff Recommendation: Roadside History of Illinois

The weather is starting to turn to spring (despite this week’s snow) and the urge to get out of the house and out of the city is getting stronger. It’s time to say “road trip”!

My staff recommendation from among our new aquisitions is:
Banash, Stan. Roadside History of Illinois. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 2013. Call No. F541.6 .B36 2013

Described as a compendium of many lesser-known details of Illinois history, this delightful volume breaks Illinois down into 7 regions and suggests routes for short trips throughout Illinois. From Metropolis to Chicago, Nauvoo to Danville, it’s full of historical facts and interesting tidbits. Do you know about the original apple orchards in Barry? Or the Prophet of Prophetstown? Have you heard of the Handy Writers Colony in Marshall? Whether you actually hit the road or not, you’ll find plenty of Illinois trivia in the Roadside History of Illinois. Safe travels!

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