Wilmette at 150

by John Jacoby

Wilmette at 150 is a collection of illuminating stories that feature and celebrate the people, places, and events that have shaped the village and created its unique character over the last century and a half. These stories present the grandeur of the lakefront, the turmoil of No Man’s Land, the devastation wrought by a Palm Sunday tornado, the beauty of a tree memorial built for blind Judge Kolman, the final moments of notorious gangster Baby Face Nelson, the inspirational visit by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote racial justice and unity, and much more.

John Jacoby, a long-time Wilmette resident and former Village President (1989–1997), weaves all these stories into a fabric of village history—a history that includes success and failure, joy and tragedy, principle and pragmatism, unity and division. Wilmette at 150 is a tapestry that both honors the past and welcomes the future with insight, energy, and confidence.

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SRP: $24.95 paperback, $32.95 hardcover

Page Count: 404

Publication Date: 28 May 2021

ISBN-10: 1937484912 paperback, 1956872000 hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1937484910 paperback, 978-1956872002 hardcover