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New Books Highlight North Park University History

North Park history books

Two new publications narrate the University's story in pictures

CHICAGO, IL (MAY 15, 2009) – North Park University and Seminary alumnus John E. Peterson knows a little something about school spirit.  A former University trustee and self-described “amateur historian,” he has spent years amassing a collection of North Park memorabilia—from photographs, to yearbooks, to magazines. In fact, his affinity for his alma mater and love of its history inspired Peterson to help produce a book capturing North Park’s rich 118-year legacy in pictures.

“There hasn’t been a good history of North Park since 1941,” says Peterson, who worked with Anne Jenner, the director of the University’s F. M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections to create one. The finished product, North Park University, was released by Arcadia Publishing on May 11 as one of the latest installments in its Campus History series. The collection features dozens of schools, including large universities like Princeton and Georgetown as well as state universities and liberal arts colleges.

Another recent book, Chicago: Yesterday and Today (Publications International, Ltd., 2009), celebrates North Park University’s place in city. It also highlights many of Chicago’s historic neighborhoods and buildings, from the early days of the Fort Dearborn settlement to the opening of Millennium Park. Since the University’s relocation to its current northside neighborhood more than a century ago, North Park has seen Chicago as a classroom, and all Chicagoans as teachers.

Chicago is currently only available in limited distribution, but orders for North Park University can be placed through the North Park bookstore, or by calling (773) 244-4570.