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HPF Speaker Series: Ken Schoon

Sunday, June 19 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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11211 South Saint Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628 United States



PULLMAN: The Rise and Fall of Opulence on the Rails

As part of our 2022 Speaker Series, Historic Pullman Foundation is excited to share this riveting presentation by Ken Schoon, author of Pullman: The Man, The Company, the Historical Park. As a focus of his presentation, Ken Schoon will address Pullman’s rise and fall of opulence on the rails and the company that was synonymous with luxury.

SPEAKER BIO: Kenneth J. Schoon is a Northwest Indiana native and professor emeritus of science education at Indiana University Northwest. A regional historian with a bachelor’s degree in geology and a doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago, he believes that place is an important part of history. Dr. Schoon's research interests center on science misconceptions and local studies—often the Indiana Dunes. He is the author of Calumet Beginnings, Dreams of Duneland, Shifting Sands, City Trees, and a history of Sand Mining in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A second edition of Dreams of Duneland was published this year. His most recent book, Pullman: The Man, The Company, The Historical Park, was published in 2022 in time for the grand opening of the visitor center of the Pullman National Monument. He was recently honored by the Illinois State Historical Society when it gave the book, the 2022 “Best of Illinois History” award. Ken is a founding board member, past president, and advisory council member of the Dunes Learning Center, an advisor to the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and a founding and continuing member of the IU Northwest Science Olympiad steering committee.

Join Historic Pullman Foundation for its 2022 Speaker Series, highlighting the history, neighborhood, culture, and monument of Pullman. The Speaker Series will take place the third Sunday of every month now through October.


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