DuPage Roots

History of DuPage County: DuPage Roots 

DuPage Roots was published in 1985 by the DuPage County Historical Society. The idea for the work came from discussions between Amy E. Crisler, president of the Society, 1979-1983, and resident of Glendale Heights; and Rev. Richard A Thompson, pastor of the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Glen Ellyn and a local historian.

Thompson (born on August 28, 1933, in Tarrant County, Texas) came to DuPage County in 1964 to serve as pastor of the Southminster church. He received his higher education at Oberlin College and the Yale Divinity School.  His interest in local history led him to teach a course, “History of Illinois-DuPage County,” at the College of DuPage.  He wrote a chapter for the county’s bicentennial history, DuPage Discovery-1776-1976, and authored Around the Arboretum for the DuPage County Historical Society in 1981.

Rev. Thompson produced DuPage Roots with the aid of historians and community historical society members throughout the county, Rev. Thompson wrote the first six chapters on a general history of the county from the Ice Age to the mid-1980s. The remaining 26 chapters, one chapter for each municipality in Du Page County, were written by 26 experts, each one considered an authority on the history of the assigned subject. It took three years to research and write the book. Du Page Roots is a 300-page volume that includes 200 illustrations, 125 photographs and appropriate maps. The book won an award from the Illinois State Historical Society in 1986.

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The DuPage County Website Project was supported by the generous donations of:

The Alben F. and Clara G. Bates Foundation

The Lillian Campbell Trust

Frank and Debra Catalano

Community Bank Wheaton-Glen Ellyn

Elmhurst College

Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce

The Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc.

The Phyllis Shebik Fund

Stephen and Megan Shebik

Wheaton College

Wheaton Historic Commission

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