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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bernard C. Turner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Turner was born in Bronzeville and educated in the Chicago Public School system. He studied German and History at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bernard Turner has a career in teaching German and Spanish and a sales representative and marketing manager in educational publishing. He is a docent at the Chicago History Museum where he gives walking tours of Old Town and Lincoln Park. He also provides Green Line and Brown Line L Tours and guided tours of Bronzeville and other neighborhoods. Mr. Turner founded ''Highlights of Chicago Press'' in 2002 with the publication of ''A View of Bronzeville'', a neighborhood tour guide that focuses on the important institutions and people that made Bronzeville a great neighborhood. In addition to his volunteer work at the Chicago History Museum, Bernard is on the board of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation and the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A view of Bronzeville (Chicago tours)
ISBN: 0971048703

Highlights of Chicago Press. 2002

A View of Bronzeville provides a portrait of an important Chicago neighborhood with a historical perspective. Readers will learn how Bronzeville was settled and grew to become a center for African-American life and culture as a result of the Great Migration and the forces that made the neighborhood an island in a great city. Readers will learn about the sights and stories of the people who lived there and helped Bronzeville to thrive.

TJ and the Mysterious Stranger
ISBN: 097104872X

Highlights of Chicago Press. 2004

TJ and the Mysterious Stranger is a story that let's young people know that they can do whatever they chose. They just need a little inspiration and self confidence to succeed. The story also highlights the Bud Billiken Day Parade and the history of the character.

The Windies' City--Chicago's Historical Hidden Treasures
ISBN: 0971048738

Highlights of Chicago Press. 2006

The Windies' City contains a broad cross section of the favorite field trips of three Chicago History Museum docents. It features historical places that are off the beaten path rather than predictable tourist destinations. We trust that you will enjoy exploring the city with us as you read these entries.

Science Makes Friends
ISBN: 0971048797

Highlights of Chicago Press. 2013

Science Makes Friends is the story of a father who is a conservationist at Lincoln Park Zoo, who receives a guest lectureship at the University of Guayaquil in Ecuador. Learn how the family, especially the children adjust to their new environment. Beautifully illustrated by José Alemán Sasieta, Science Makes Friends will enchant young readers and give them information about the importance of saving endangered species and careers in conservation.

Tate and His Historic Dream
ISBN: 0971048746

Highlights of Chicago Press. 2014

Tate put off writing his fourth grade history paper until the last minute and would still rather play outside with his friends than work on the paper. While staring blankly at a picture that includes a group of people who made an impact on the history of the United States, he suddenly finds himself interacting with them. Through interesting dialogue and questions, Tate learns how these historic figures worked together or influenced each other. As a result of his experience, he is motivated to learn more and feels that he, too, can make a difference.

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