Title: New book looks at village then and now
Author: John Roszkowski
Publisher: Libertyville Review
Libertyville's past and present are brought to light in a new book about the town.
Entitled "Libertyville," it features vintages photographs taken in Libertyville during the 1950s as well as images of how the town looks today.
Written by local authors Laura Hickey, Arlene Lane and Sonia Schoenfield, the new book is the latest edition to Arcadia Publishing's "Then & Now" series. The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society sponsored a book signing party with the three authors at Mickey Finn's Brewery in downtown Libertyville Nov. 23 to celebrate the book's release.
Hickey, Lane and Schoenfield are employees of Cook Memorial Library and had previously done a history of Libertyville web exhibit for the library. Arcadia Publishing approached the three about doing a book after learning of the web exhibit.
Lane and Schoenfield obtained historical photos from the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society of different buildings and landmarks taken in the 1950s. Last May, Hickey started taking photographs of buildings at different locations in the village to provide a perspective of the town as it looks in modern times. Overall, the book contains more than 200 vintage and modern images.
Lane said most of the historical photographs for the book from the 1950s were taken by the late Carl Cizek, a long-time Libertyville resident. She said Cizek used to visit the library and she remembers him as a "very kind gentleman."
Hickey said surprisingly many of the buildings remain intact and look pretty much as they did 50 years ago. The cover includes a past and present photograph of Petranek's Pharmacy and the adjacent building at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Cook Avenue. There are school photos of the former Brainerd building and Libertyville High School from the 1950s and today, as well as of local churches, village buildings and downtown businesses.
'Values its heritage'
"I think it really shows that Libertyville really values its heritage and the integrity of its historic buildings," said Hickey.
In addition to collecting photographs for the book, the three local authors also conducted research about the history of Libertyville in the 1950s and wrote captions accompanying the photos for the publication.
"It was very interesting," Schoenfield said. "We're captivated by history."
Lane said Libertyville has an interesting history and making connections between the past and modern times made the project particularly intriguing.
"Adlai Stevenson lived here in Libertyville. Marlon Brando worked at the Liberty Theater as an usher. John Kennedy campaigned here. It's fun making those connections," she said.
Copies of the book are available for purchase at a number of local businesses such as Ace Hardware and Petranek's Pharmacy as well as at the Barnes and Noble in Vernon Hills. It sells for $21.99. The book also can be purchased through Arcadia Publishing at www.archadiapublishing.com or by calling (888) 313-2665.
The authors have other book signings planned on Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Curtis Frame in Libertyville, and at Barnes and Noble in Vernon Hills on Dec. 9.