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Happy 10th Anniversary!

Ten years ago this month, the Cook Memorial Public Library launched The Past is Present blog to help patrons learn about local history within our library district. We are proud to have shared over 120 posts and podcasts during the past decade.

Thanks to the librarians who have researched and written posts on a variety of people, places, and events and to our readers and followers.

On this significant anniversary, we invite you to revisit (or discover for the first time) some of our favorite posts.

Happy birthday The Past and Present! And many more….

Blog posts
Behind The Gate
Early Settlement along the Des Plaines River
The Wide Awakes of 1860
Mundelein: A history. Part One: Foundations, 1835-1909
Wet or Dry in Libertyville?
The Great Libertyville Fire of 1895
A kid named Bud: Marlon Brando in Libertyville, 1938-1941
Who Was Ansel B. Cook?
The Great Rondout Train Robbery
One-Man Town: Samuel Insull’s Impact on Libertyville

Podcasts

The Women of Cook Library
Centennial Stories: Cook Library’s First Forty Years
Dr. Norma Munson
Early Women-Owned Businesses of Libertyville
Headlines! Libertyville Edition

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