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Penny Zimmerman-Wills

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Connection to Illinois: Zimmerman-Wills grew up on a farm in Central Illinois and has been working, living, and playing in the Springfield area for more than thirty years. She currently resides in Pleasant Plains.

Biography: Penny Zimmerman-Wills has worked as a journalist, government press secretary, magazine editor, and communications director during her long career. She still lives in a farmhouse and enjoys the area's charming history, all things Abe, and a good corn dog.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

100 Things to Do in Springfield, IL Before You Die
ISBN: 1681062208 OCLC: 1125154018

Reedy Press, St. Louis : 2019.

There may be a Springfield in many states, but only one of them is a capital: Springfield, Illinois. Within the pages of 100 Things to Do in Springfield, IL, Before You Die, however, you'll find out that Springfield is much more than Abraham Lincoln's hometown and Illinois's capital. Those highlights may have put Springfield on the map in a way few other cities of its size can match, but this book reveals hidden gems that even locals might not know about. Explore the parks and nature preserves, war memorials, and museums. Visit one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest designs at the Dana Thomas House, or hear the beautiful melodies of one of the world's largest carillons at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Tourists and residents alike will find insider tips on where to find the best horseshoe (Springfield's signature sandwich), the best canoeing (down the Sangamon River), pick fresh blueberries, and see live theater under the stars. -- P. [4] of Cover.

100 Things to Do in Springfield, IL Before You Die
ISBN: 1681060450 OCLC: 951644542

Reedy Press, St. Louis : 2016.

Springfield owes a lot to Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Capitol Building. They put Springfield on the map in a way that few other cities of 115,000 can match. Yet Springfield is much more than Lincoln's hometown or Illinois' capital. It boasts parks and nature preserves, war memorials and museums. It has one of Frank Lloyd Wright greatest homes and one of the world's largest carillons. Music and shopping flourish in intimate settings. Even when it comes to Lincoln, there's more than meets the eye. Sure, you can visit his home and presidential library, but you can also see where he shopped and played handball and visited friends all the little things of day-to-day life. This book serves as a guide to explore the educational, inspirational and exciting moments that Springfield offers.