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Looking from the decks of schooners toward the western shore of Lake Michigan, early explorers quickly saw the potential of the prairie wilderness that was to become Kenosha. The vintage postcards in this book show a community that has evolved through rapid growth due to immigration, employment opportunities, and eras of educational leadership, patriotism, and a phoenixlike revival following devastating economic depression. From its beginning, the people of the area have demonstrated a strong work ethic, religious and civic spirit, and the ability to triumph over adversity.
ISBN: 9780738540061
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author John J. Hosmanek is a retired educator who spent 30 years of his career in Kenosha, the last 10 as the superintendent of schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and master's and doctoral degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Hosmanek has been recognized by the Wisconsin State Historical Society for his involvement in local history activities. His experiences also include service as a World War II Marine, a Ford Foundation Fellow, an editor of a historical quarterly, a stock car driver, and an avid collector of Kenosha postcards.
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