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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Norman S Stevens  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Norman S Stevens on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Norman Stevens has lived in Wheaton Illinois as well as Kankakee, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Norman S. Stevens was the executive director of the Kankakee County Museum. Previously, he had worked as a museum professional for the First Division Museum at Wheaton, Illinois, for Michigan State Historic Parks at Fort Mackinac, Michigan, and for Virginia Military Institute Museum Programs. He has taught college history at a number of academic institutions for 20 years.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Antietam 1862: The Civil War's Bloodiest Day (Campaign)
ISBN: 1855323702

Osprey Publishing. 1994

Osprey's examination of the Battle of Antietam, which was one of the critical battles of the American Civil War (1861-1865). The fortunes of the South were riding high after the resounding victory at Second Manassas. While Bragg and Kirby Smith invaded Kentucky, Lee's invasion of Maryland was intended to maintain the Southern offensive momentum and to win the recognition of the European powers. But his bold plan was compromised - and at the Antietam River the Army of Northern Virginia was fighting for its very life. This title examines the build-up to Hooker's attack, and details the famous clashes at Bloody Lane and Burnside Bridge.

Kankakee: 1853-1910 (IL) (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738533386

Arcadia Publishing. 2004

Kankakee became the county seat when Kankakee County was established in 1853. The largest city in the county, Kankakee embraced the railroad from its 19th-century beginning, becoming an important railroad hub in Illinois. The Kankakee County Historical Society has long worked to preserve the city’s history and it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2006, making it one of Illinois’ oldest historical societies. The images in this book come from the society’s large collection and they represent many slices of Kankakee life from 1853 to 1910.

Kankakee Railroads (Images of Rail)
ISBN: 0738533718

Arcadia Publishing. 2005

Tracks for the Chicago branch of the Illinois Central Railroad were established in the vicinity of the Kankakee River in 1853. The Kankakee Depot was set up and soon thereafter the Associates Land Company had a 49-block town laid out around the depot. By the beginning of the 20th century, Kankakee, a town that formed because of the railroad, was a thriving industrial city, as well as a railroad center served by five major railroad lines. This book traces the history of Kankakee's railroads from 1850 to 1950. Photographs from the Kankakee County Historical Society archives illustrate the stories of the trains, depots, and workers who made the railroads of the late 19th and early 20th centuries an economic and industrial force in Illinois and the Midwest.

Kankakee: 1911-1953 (IL) (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738539805

Arcadia Publishing. 2005

During the tumultuous first half of the 20th century, Kankakee experienced the excitement of the 1920s and the pain of the Great Depression and resolutely met the world wars with determination, hard work, and pride. In the pages of Kankakee: 1911–1953, author Norman S. Stevens paints Kankakee’s human face in the wake of the defining moments of the early 1900s. Kankakee\ celebrated its centennial year in 1953, and this book celebrates and remembers the politicians, businesspeople, soldiers, pleasure seekers, and housewives―the ordinary men and women who made Kankakee the great city that still stands today.

Kankakee: 1900-1916 (IL) (Postcard History Series)
ISBN: 0738540609

Arcadia Publishing. 2006

Kankakee County was organized in early 1853. In June 1853, the village of Kankakee Depot, later known as the city of Kankakee, was declared the new county seat. The establishment of both Kankakee County and the city of Kankakee owed a great deal to the railroad, particularly the Illinois Central Railroad. By the end of the 19th century, the county had become an important railroad hub where several important lines converged and the city had become a commercial and manufacturing center. By 1900, Kankakee was a growing community possessing a vibrant economy and many fine public and private buildings. The city was also host to the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane, renamed the Kankakee State Hospital in 1910, which at the beginning of the 20th century was the second-largest mental health facility in the United States. It was probably the Kankakee River that most clearly defi ned the community. Many of Kankakee's citizens boated on the beautiful river and enjoyed good times at the "new-fangled" amusement facility, Electric Park. The over 200 vintage postcards displayed in this book illustrate the exciting period from 1900 to 1916.

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