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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stan Banash  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Banash was born in Chicago and raised in Niles, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1968 and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University in 1972. He currently resides on Chicago's far northwest side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stan "Tex" Banash is an author, western history writer and book reviewer. He has authored numerous feature articles and book reviews for a variety of national magazines including ''The Tombstone Epitaph'', ''Wild West'' magazine, ''Journal of the West'' and ''Western Historical Quarterly.''He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western History Association, Westerners International and The Westerners - Chicago Corral.

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Titles At Your Library

Best of Dee Brown's West: An Anthology
ISBN: 0940666774

Clear Light Pub. 1997

A collection of articles tracing the history of the Western frontier from early settlements to the Battle of Wounded Knee

Dee Brown's Civil War Anthology
ISBN: 1574160109

Clear Light Pub. 1998

Provides details of the major battles, includes personal stories of Rebel and Union soldiers, and describes a little-known conspiracy to form a Northwestern Conferderacy

Roadside History of Illinois
ISBN: 0878425993

Mountain Press. 2013

Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild onion? Or that the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly swatter, and the automatic dishwasher were all invented by Illinoisans? You’ll find these stories and hundreds more in , an entertaining and revealing tour of the Prairie State’s historical places.
Native Illinoisan Stan Banash describes the state’s diverse history as he guides readers along its highways and byways, sometimes tracing routes with a history of their own (the Old Cumberland Road, the Trail of Tears, the Lincoln Highway, and U.S. Route 66, for examples). The engaging text is enhanced with 120 historical and modern photos, along with a map for each region. Old-timers, newcomers, and visitors alike will love this info-packed history.

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