The following books can be purchased either in the museum store or by mail order.
WARRENVILLE COMES OF AGE
The cost is $35 or $65 for leather bound.
In Warrenville Comes of Age, Schmidt celebrates the City's 175th anniversary by sharing the story of her beloved community through her own experiences and acquaintances. Her keen sense of observation and dedication to researching the community's history perceptively captures the enchanting tale of this small, resilient town and its residents in the second half of the twentieth century. Whether the reader of this book is a long-time resident looking for a walk down memory lane or a newcomer who has discovered the small-town charm of Warrenville, he or she will learn of the remarkable people, challenges, and successes that shaped the City.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WARRENVILLE
2003 REPRINT, 224 pages, ill. (1975 first printing
LC catalogue 75-32857, $19.00 jacketed cloth
This first published history of DuPage County’s second oldest settlement is packed with authenticated facts gathered over a 15-year period and put together in a well-organized, workmanlike manner. A 16-page section of Old Settler biographical data is included.
IN AND AROUND HISTORIC WARRENVILLE
1982, 152 pages, ill., fold-out 1858 map
LC catalogue 82-73570, $15.00 jacketed cloth
A site-oriented history of a 150-year-old community, grouped by neighborhoods, its unpublished, documented stories breathe life into each venerable structure and historic site. Self-guided tours are made easy with locator maps introducing each section.
FOR THE HONOR OF OUR FLAG: THE LIFE OF GENERAL MASON BRAYMAN
2004, 263 pages, ill., map
ISBN 0976298503, $29.00 jacketed cloth
Characterized by a 19th Century biographer as “representative of the Spirit which won the victory in the Rebellion,” Brayman was a passionate, unabashed patriot of diverse talents: an accomplished writer and editor, a distinguished attorney, a skilled negotiator in the Mormon controversy, a player in shaping the fledgling Prairie state of Illinois, a pioneer in Midwest railroading, and governor of the territory of Idaho. Tracing his remarkable career as it crossed paths with leading figures of the 19th Century, the book has “cleverly woven Brayman’s life into the broader fabric of American history.” It has been recommended as a great biography, far beyond the ho-hum variety.
1989 102 pages, ill., maps
WHEN THE DEMOCRATS RULED DUPAGE
LC catalogue 89-92110, $5.00 paper
This is the story of DuPage County, from its struggle to secede from Cook County until the roll of the Civil War drums. The central player is the charismatic Capt. Joseph Naper–ship navigator turned land developer, then soldier and political leader – with most of the action taking place in his bailiwick. The illustrations of original documents reposing in the Warrenville Historical Society Museum’s collections greatly enhance this work.
COME FLY TO THE PRAIRIE
1968, 90 pages, ill.., maps
LC catalogue 68-58440, cloth (out of print)
Available in paperback only $10.00
The experiences of the Daniel Warren family members who emigrated from New York to Illinois and the pioneers whose paths they crossed are narrated in 16 charming sketches. Together they reveal a picture of the tumultuous year 1832-1844, and in a sense become a skeleton history of Chicago and its hinterlands to the west in that era.
Available as Pamphlets:
ASK THE HISTORIAN
1994, 38 pages, $3.00 paper
Reprint of a column series appearing in the Warrenville Digest in 1993, featuring selected questions asked of City Historian Leone Schmidt.
MEMORABLE WARRENVILLE WOMEN
1999, 14 pages, ill., $2.00 paper
Reprint of a 1996 Warrenville Post monthly series featuring sketches of twelve women achievers from Warrenville’s past, as recollected by City Historian Leone Schmidt.