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Images Of America: Riverside, Illinois

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 30, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Jun 28, 2012

Sandie Petrzilka of the Olmsted Society let us know that authors Lonnie Sacchi and Constance Guardi will present their new book on the idyllic town of Riverside, IL and will be available for autographing after a presentation at the Riverside Public Library. More details after the jump... The authors have chosen photographs that illustrate the wide range of human experience that has transpired upon Olmsted’s palette. In pictures and text, this is Riverside — how...




 

 

Picture 1Sandie Petrzilka of the Olmsted Society let us know that authors Lonnie Sacchi and Constance Guardi will present their new book on the idyllic town of Riverside, IL and will be available for autographing after a presentation at the Riverside Public Library. More details after the jump...

The authors have chosen photographs that illustrate the wide range of human experience that has transpired upon Olmsted’s palette. In pictures and text, this is Riverside — how it came to be, the men that built it, and how it slowly, yet inexorably, grew and persevered through boom and bust to achieve the vision for which it was intended and endures to be today.

The unrelenting industrialization of America in the 19th century brought undreamed-of wealth and abundance to the nation as it emerged as a major world power after the trauma of a bloody civil war; however, the wealth was unevenly distributed, and industrialization inevitably produced the undesirable side effects of overcrowded tenement life, pollution, and the general degradation of the environment. This, in turn, set some of the nation's great thinkers on the path to coming up with answers to alleviate the ill effects of a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing society. Frederick Law Olmsted's answer in 1868 was the conception of a suburb for Chicago that combined the best aspects of urban life with that of rural life. So, he created Riverside, an ideal environment for civilization to flourish.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
at 7:00 p.m.
in the Great Room of the Library

All proceeds go to the Riverside Historical Museum. Preorder your copy today at the Library. $20 cash or check only.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside, IL 60546
708-442-6366, www.riversidelibrary.org

Image via Sandie Petrzilka/Olmsted Society Media



 

 

 
 
 

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