Old Family Tales Make for a Great New Book

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  • Chicago, IL (1888PressRelease) January 20, 2015 - The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is Burr Ridge by local author Sharon L. Comstock. Boasting more than 200 vintage images, this title shares the stories of the village's early years, its education history, its industrialism, and how the hardworking people of its past helped it become one of the wealthiest communities in the United States.

    Although a recently incorporated village, Burr Ridge's history dates back much further than 1962. This new title tells the tales of the area's earliest settlers as they travelled from places as far as Scotland, Germany, England and Holland.

    "These early families settled the land to build better lives on the edge of a prairie as farmers, entrepreneurs, and educators," Comstock said.

    Many of the images in Burr Ridge are those of families, community leaders, and classrooms of schoolmates. The narratives accompanying these images consist of oral histories that have been passed down from generation to generation. The author stated that, "This book can in no way tell every story Burr Ridge holds, but it may inspire us to learn, listen, and tell our stories for the next generation of "Burr Ridgers" to come."

    Highlights of Burr Ridge include:
    - Images of the Robert Vial house, before it was moved.
    - Major attractions of the fair and the astonishing changes made between seasons.

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665. or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.

    Burr Ridge
    by Sharon L Comstock, PhD
    Images of America Series
    Price: $21.99
    128 pages/ softcover
    Available: February 2, 2015.

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