Route 66 news update: Hawthorne Works book signing this Friday

Silly us:  in our post last Friday regarding this week’s book signing for the new Arcadia paperback on the Hawthorne Works, we neglected to mention that the signing is at 4pm this Friday at Morton College in Cicero, IL (it wasn’t on the picture-press-release, oddly).  The reception for the authors will be at Morton College Library, Building B, 3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804.  Ask at the circulation desk to be directed to the exact room.

Arcadia cover - Hawthorne Works bookThe authors are Dennis Schlagheck and Catherine Lantz, two librarians from Morton College.  The college also has a Hawthorne Works Museum that has an archive of photographs and historical material in addition to a large number of artifacts from the Hawthorne campus.  If you have time at least an hour before the reception, you might want to see the museum; it’s worth a look.  Be aware that visits to the museum are by appointment, however, so call ahead.  Ask for Kathy Rozhon at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2320.

Interesting fact:  during the early 1940s, before the U.S. had entered World War II, about 90 percent of the demand for Western Electric’s products came from one customer:  the Bell System.  By 1944, however, 85 percent of demand for Western Electric’s products came from the federal government, for which the company provided more than 30 percent of all electronic gear for war.

Until next time,



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