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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janice Petterchak  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Janice was born in Springfield and currently resides in Rochester, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice specializes in researching and writing commissioned biographies and business histories. She is the author of ''Lone Scout'', a biography of WD Boyce, founder of the Boy Scouts of America and ''Out to Sea Again: A Naval Armed Guard in World War II''. She has also has authored or co-authored biographies of former Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, Andrew Mcnally III, chairman emeritus of Rand McNally and Nathan Cummings, founder of the Sara Lee Corporation. Janice received a B.S. in Political Studies and M.A. in American History, both from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) and has been the Assistant Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society, Coordinator of the Congress of Illinois Historical Societies and Museums, Associate Editor of the Illinois Historical Journal and Director of the Illinois State Historical Library (now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.). She also is a past president of the Sangamon County Historical Society.


Janice was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

From a Kansas farm to the engineering hall of fame :
ISBN: 0977789705. OCLC Number: 213812978

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Historic Illinois :
ISBN: 1893619494. OCLC Number: 62675766

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Lone Scout :
ISBN: 0965319873. OCLC Number: 52535275

Legacy Press,. .

Out to sea again :
ISBN: 0965319865. OCLC Number: 50562123

Legacy Press,. .

Describes the WWII experiences of U.S. Naval Armed Guard recruit Harold H. Stukenberg.

The soldier's general :
ISBN: 9780977789719. OCLC Number: 889459775

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Presents a full-life biography of World War II general Omar Bradley, the last five-star General of the United States army.

To share :
ISBN: 0965319849. OCLC Number: 47047495

Legacy Press,. .