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Saturday, July 21, 2018

This year the State of Illinois celebrates its bicentennial.  Leading up to the December 3 anniversary, the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the State Journal Register are coordinating online voting to choose the 200 most important people, places, things and events in Illinois history.  Every two weeks, you can vote on a different Illinois-related category at The current category, Artists and Architects, has several choices with connections to Highland Park.    

Photographer Vivian Maier worked as a nanny for families in Highland Park and the North Shore.  Unbeknownst to the families she worked for, she also was a talented photographer of street scenes in Chicago.  Her talent was not discovered until years after her death when her negatives and prints were discovered.  The library owns several books and a documentary about her life and work; you can search a list here.

Photographer Edward Weston was born in Highland Park in 1886.  He was a member of the pioneering f64 Group of photographers and is known for his detailed work and fine prints.  The library owns several books of and about his work and life; you can search a list here.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright built several residences in Highland Park and neighboring North Shore communities.  The library owns many books by and about him; you can search a list here.