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Author Discussion & Signing with Local Author Jane Morocco

Jane Morocco will discuss & sign her book, Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe. Many of you have grown up in the near western suburbs and visited the Trailside Museum with your parents, and when you got older, you road your bike there on your own or with friends. You have delightful memories of this local animal and nature preserve. Jane's book recalls those memories in words and photographs. Come join us the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, 2015 to listen to Jane talk about how and why she puts this book together. Then purchase your own signed copy.


Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe (Paperback)

By Jane Morocco, Paul Harvey Jr (Foreword by)
Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now


On October 8, 1930, Charles "Cap" Sauers, general superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, wrote a letter to Alfred M. Bailey, president of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, about an idea he had. He proposed developing several nature study museums with the support of Bailey and the Academy of Sciences. Bailey eagerly wrote to Sauers that he had the Academy's full cooperation. By 1932, the Trailside Museum of Natural History was opened in River Forest, Illinois, the first of its kind in the Midwest. Several curators would come and go, but one in particular, Virginia Moe, dedicated more than 50 years of her life to the museum, animals, and people of Cook County. This is truly her story.

About the Author

Jane Morocco's personal connection to Trailside began as a child in the 1950s, when her mother, a field biologist, took her on weekly visits to see the animals. After volunteering for 10 years with Virginia Moe, Morocco became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Images gathered for this project are from the Cook County Forest Preserve archives, as well as from private collections.
Event date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
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