Local History Brought to Life
The Calumet Region has a long and rich history. Cynthia Ogorek delivers engaging presentations on local history to audiences of all sizes. Contact her today to book a lecture or seminar at your location. Each presentation can be tailored to suit your schedule and interests.
A Public Historian
History is the account of things said and done in the past. Everyone and everything has a history, which provides the context of our lives and the perspective with which we view the rest of the world. Public history is the non-academic branch of the history profession. As a public historian, Ms. Ogorek strives to make history interesting and accessible to all audiences. All her presentations are educational and entertaining, and they each include an exhibit that lets audiences learn more about the topic.
"Lincoln Highway around Chicago"
Find out how the nation's first hard-surfaced, transcontinental highway developed in the southern and western suburbs of Chicago. The Lincoln Highway was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln shortly after the country celebrated the centennial of his birth. It cuts through 13 states and serves as an example for all the hundreds of highway associations that popped up across the nation before and after WWI. Your armchair tour of the Lincoln starts at "The Ideal Section" in Schererville and Dyer, Indiana, then makes its way to Geneva on the Fox River in Illinois. Cynthia will have her books for sale during the session.
"First Ladies and the Lincoln Highway"
This talk takes a national look at the Lincoln Highway and features some little-known historical events that have taken place on it. Your tour starts in New York City and ends in San Francisco, and it features several First Ladies of the United States, some of whom traveled the highway well before it was known as the Lincoln. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation and will require a computer, projector, and screen onsite.
Cynthia has been a member of the Lincoln Highway Association since 1999. She is a board member of the Illinois chapter and has also served on the board of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition, which obtained the distinction of National Scenic Byway for the Illinois stretch of the highway in 2000. She has personally traveled over 2,500 miles of the highway, from New York City to San Francisco, experiencing sections of it firsthand, from the "original route" to its modern-day Route 30 versions.