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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dennis M. Schlagheck  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1959 in Chicago, IL

-- Dennis M. Schlagheck on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I am a lifelong Chicagoan, fourth generation born and raised. My book, "Images of America: Hawthorne Works," co-authored with Catherine Lantz, tells the story of the huge Western Electric manufacturing complex that stood in Cicero, Illinois from 1905 to 1986.

Biographical and Professional Information

Graduate of Roosevelt University (BA History with Honors 1997) and Dominican University (MLIS 2009). A former Special Eduaction assistant and teacher, I am now a Reference Librarian at Morton College in Cicero. The library also operates the Hawthorne Works Museum.

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Titles At Your Library

Hawthorne Works (Images of America)
ISBN: 146711135X

Arcadia Publishing. 2014

A burgeoning town on the fringes of Chicago rose and fell with the successes of the Western Electric Company. For almost 90 years, the Hawthorne Works plant employed, educated, entertained, and defined the township of Cicero. As the manufacturing arm of Western Electric, Hawthorne contributed greatly to the prosperity and national defense of the United States. As the site of the controversial Hawthorne Studies of workplace motivation and behavior, the plant reconfigured business and social science models. A community within a community, Hawthorne had its own sports teams, social clubs, hospital, railroad yards, and savings and loan. At its peak, the works was the largest single-site employer in Illinois and one of the biggest manufacturing establishments in the country, second only to the Ford plant in Detroit. Hawthorne typifies the era when American industrial giants dominated the global economy and generations of blue-collar workers strived for a fair share of the “American Dream.”

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Available for middle school, high school or college speaking engagements. Also senior citizens, veterans groups. Anywhere in northern Illinois.