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Author of 'Draining Chicago' to speak at Little White School Museum

Richard Lanyon, retired executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
Richard Lanyon, retired executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Richard Lanyon, an author with a lifelong association with waterways in and around Chicago, will give a presentation based on his book “Draining Chicago,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Oswego’s historic Little White School Museum.

Take a break from summer’s heat in the museum’s Roger Matile Room as Lanyon shares the story of Chicago’s extensive and historic journey of water engineering, planning and development. The city’s biggest challenge at the end of the 19th century was to safeguard its residents from the horrifically polluted branches of the Chicago River that emptied into Lake Michigan. The challenge was met with one of the most celebrated engineering tasks of the era: reversing the flow of the river from Lake Michigan to the Des Plaines-Illinois River system.

The retired executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Lanyon lends an expert take on how Chicago’s struggle to keep the city safe from waterborne diseases and then the dangers of stormwater flooding has progressed during the past century.

Admission at the door is $5.

The Little White School Museum, a joint project of the Oswegoland Park District and the Oswegoland Heritage Association, is located at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), two blocks from downtown Oswego.

For more information on the book, visit the publisher’s website: everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/copy-of-draining-chicago-the-early-city-and-the-north-area.

For more information on the museum, call 630-554-2999 or send an email to info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.

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