Bensenville Reads: Jonathan W. Sebastian

Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

The Bensenville Community Public Library is proud to welcome local historian and author Jonathan Sebastian for our 13th annual Bensenville Reads program! Each year, the Library selects a book or author to promote reading in the community and invites the author to our Bensenville Reads celebration. This year we are proud to select Bensenville: Images by America by Jonathan W. Sebastian. Join us for an evening with the author on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. Limited free copies of the book will be available at the Library starting October 1. Copies of the books will also be available for purchase at the Library starting October 1.

About the Book

Taking its name from the German town of Bensen, Bensenville was established by a group of devout Lutherans. When it was incorporated in 1884, Bensenville was already a vibrant community of hardworking dairy farmers. Settlers first arrived in the mid-1830s; the growth of the dairy industry was a response to demand for dairy products at Chicago markets. The railroad brought these products into the city, but also brought a demand for more laborers, which introduced a more diverse population.

About the Author Jonathan Sebastian

Jonathan Sebastian, a local resident, earned his B.A. in history from Judson College (now University) and his M.A. in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.  He has been an adjunct professor of history at Judson University teaching World History 1500 to the Present, and U.S. history.  He was a tour guide at Jubilee College State historic site outside of Peoria, Illinois. Currently, he is the curator of the Fischer Farm historic site in Bensenville, Illinois.


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