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Meet the Author of Roadside History of Illinois

Feb 2, 2016

Stan Banash Photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2BY7meZr6uANG1VNU45N2dxSWs/view?usp=sharing
We have something new this year at the annual R. Reagan Birthday Celebration. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend!

The public is invited to meet Chicago author Stan “Tex” Banash who will inscribe copies of his third book, Roadside History of Illinois, at the Tampico Area Historical Society Museum, 119 Main Street, in Tampico, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., on Feb. 6. His special appearance is being held in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Birthday Party, which offers an open house at the Reagan Birthplace Museum and the historical society museum.

Roadside History of Illinois covers the state’s history from the Ice Age to the present, offering vacationers, tourists and visitors a series of short trips mostly along old U.S. highways, state highways and county roads that provide a glimpse into numerous historic sites, as well as the history of nearly 250 significant cities, towns and villages. Among the book’s features are more than 125 images, regional maps, an Illinois Chronology, a list of Illinois Facts, the lyrics to the seldom heard State Song, Illinois, and a list of Illinois Originals, in addition to a Bibliography and Index. Also included is a Special Introduction by the late Dee Brown, author of the internationally acclaimed book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The book was heralded in back cover blurbs by former U.S. Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III and Illinois State Archives Deputy Director Wayne C. Temple. As the Preface notes, Roadside History of Illinois is “designed to help both visitors and residents discover and savor the historical, cultural, and natural opulence of this great state.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and inscription, and $2 of every book sold during his appearance at the museum will be donated to the Tampico Area Historical Society.

In 1987, Banash wrote the speech that Chicago Cubs Billy Williams delivered at his induction ceremony into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York. The Illinois House of Representatives in 2014 passed House Resolution 1124, introduced by State Rep. Sandra Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn), which congratulated Banash for his book, Roadside History of Illinois, and for promoting greater interest in Illinois history. And last April, the book received a 2015 Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Active in his local community, Banash is a six-term past president of a local chamber of commerce and chaired a local zoning advisory board for 19 years. He also operated his own home-based public relations firm for more than 30 years. The author graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University. His two earlier books were Best of Dee Brown’s West and Dee Brown’s Civil War Anthology. He also reviews books for a number of western publications and is a member of Western Writers of America, the Society of Midland Authors, Illinois State Historical Society, Western History Association, and the Westerners—Chicago Corral, where he served as its sheriff for five years.

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