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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Libby Hill  

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Hill lives in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Libby Hill grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore. She has a master's in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University and received her graduate degree in library science from Rosary College (now Dominican University). Hill has been both a school librarian and a college instructor. She also volunteers throughout Evanston on environmental projects.


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Titles At Your Library

The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History
ISBN: 189312102X

Lake Claremont Press. 2000

The story of the making and perpetual remaking of

the Chicago

River by everything from preglacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city is encompassed in this intimate biography of the heroic body of water. The book discusses how when French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time.

American Regional History Publishing Award - 1st Place - Midwest Region
Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award - 2nd Place - History
One of ten "outstanding nominations" for the Abel Wolman Award for the best new book in the field of public works history

Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored...

An Intimate Biography of the Heroic Creek that Chicago Made

When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story--the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city.


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