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Naperville has experienced phenomenal change and growth since its meager beginnings back in 1831, but some things never change - we still have that small-town atmosphere and a fierce pride of living here. 

Local author Kathy Keroson recently published the first of a two-book memoir series, "My Hometown - Naperville," because she feels knowing the history of Naperville is important for our residents.  "Knowing our history helps us to feel more connected to our town and to one another," Kathy says.  "When my ancestors arrived in 1838 there wasn't any electricity, telephones, or automobiles.  In times of need, they depended on one another." 

As a sixth-generation Napervillian, Kathy now offers us a rich look into the ways things have changed.  For example, she remembers wading in the DuPage River underneath the old Eagle Street bridge.  She knew it was time to go home for dinner when she heard the fire whistle at 6 o'clock.  She drank from the above-ground springs near Pioneer Park.  In addition to her good memory, Kathy was well-equipped to write a book about Naperville because she inherited her family's extensive collection of photographs and her mother's scrapbooks which is like having her own mini-library about the history of Naperville. 

On Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 27, 2014, Kathy Keroson is offering a Book Launch Open House at the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement at 523 South Webster.  This event will include an art gallery of old-time photographs, including a one-of-a-kind photo of the one-room Springbrook Schoolhouse on Naperville-Plainfield Road - which is now the location of Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve.  There's also the half-pint Tousley's glass milk bottle that was uncovered from Kathy's backyard, and a display of the quilt made by Grandma Mary Ory - from a pattern sold at the World's Fair in Chicago.   "I think it's going to be a fun event," Kathy said. 

Kathy Keroson's book, "My Hometown - Naperville," is also available for purchase at Naperville General Store on the corner of Washington and Jefferson, and by Saturday, April 26, should be on the 'local author' shelf at Anderson Bookshop on Jefferson Street, or go to myhometownnaperville.com.  

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