Oak Lawn, Illinois (Images of America Series)

Oak Lawn, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Kevin Korst


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Situated just outside of Chicago, the bustling suburb of Oak Lawn was incorporated in 1909, although its rich history can be traced back to the 1830s. For decades, the village remained a thinly populated farming community. However, like many towns across America, the early 20th century brought steady growth, and the years following World War II saw an unprecedented population explosion. With thousands of new residents arriving every year, numerous homes, churches, and schools were constructed, forever changing Oak Lawn. In the face of immense growth and other adversities, such as the 1967 tornado, the village continued to prosper and mature. The images in this book act as a window to its past, highlighting many of the people, places, and events that have made Oak Lawn the dynamic community it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738593609
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/06/2012
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 831,960
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Kevin Korst is the local history coordinator for the Oak Lawn Public Library. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree in American History from Eastern Illinois University. Previous to his position at the library, Kevin worked at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and the Elk Grove Historical Museum.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Black Oaks and Beyond 11

2 Faith and Worship 23

3 School Days 35

4 Building a Community 49

5 Business and Commerce 63

6 Government and Politics 77

7 To Serve and Protect 89

8 Tragedy and Triumph 101

9 Celebrations 113

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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