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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Betsy J. Green  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Green lives in Western Springs, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Green is a speaker and an author. She is a former editor at REader's Digest adn World Book Encyclopieia. Besides her books, she has published more than 100 articles in newspapers and magazines. Green was the former columnist for The Doings newspaper in Hinsdale. Her column was called Vintage Homes. She has taught classes in vintage architecture and house history research for continuing education departments at Lyons Township High School, Willowbrook High School, New Trier Extension and College of Lake County.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood
ISBN: 1891661248

Santa Monica Press. 2002

Every home has a story to tell! Whether you own an elaborate Victorian, cozy bungalow or cottage, ranch style, or are part of a newer subdivision, your house and property have a unique history that is just waiting to be uncovered.

Part treasure hunt and part jigsaw puzzle, researching the history of your house is a fascinating and rewarding experience. In Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood, author Betsy J. Green will show you how easy it is to create a cherished legacy for future generations to enjoy. You'll learn about:

Beginning your search
Finding and contacting former owners of your house
Discovering the architect who designed your house
Finding the original plans for your house
Re-creating long-lost woodwork, porches, even historic landscaping
Locating building permits for your house
Finding the original price of your house
Researching subdivisions and neighborhoods
Finding deeds for your house and land
Getting information from a deed
Finding old photos of your house and neighborhood
Using old maps to learn about your neighborhood
Discovering your house on a postcard
Using vintage architectural magazines
Writing up your house history
Includes a state-by-state guide to resources

Western Springs, Illinois (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738519510

Arcadia Publishing. 2002

Farming families from Germany and New York state were among the first settlers to trudge along the Native American trail-now Ogden Avenue-and build their homes on the fertile prairie land that became Western Springs, Illinois. The village, which was incorporated in 1886, was named for the mineral springs located near the local train depot. Through the medium of historic photographs, this book captures the evolution of Western Springs from the mid-1800s to the present day.

Today, the village's limestone and brick water tower, built in 1892, still stands as the centerpiece for many village events and celebrations. With nearly 200 vintage photos documenting the village's first century, including the first schools and churches, old-fashioned automobiles, and a photo of a young local woman who was one of only 305 female marines in World War I, this book brings to life the evolution of Western Springs from farming village to stately suburb.



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