A few months back, this writer printed a review of a pictorial history book authored by Eric A. Johnson, a former Rockford resident. It was an essential book to own then, and it still is. Johnson, currently a resident of Ashtabula, Ohio, will return to Rockford to sign copies of his books at two events on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Borders and shortly following, again at Canterbury Books.
Rockford: 1900 to World War I is a collection of 228 pictures and postcard views of our city back in an era of growth and development. Some of the photographs included feature sights of early downtown, parks, Camp Grant, Rockford College and local residences.
Included with the pictures are descriptions and brief histories that help the viewer understand the full demographics of old Rockford in comparison to how the city currently stands in its historical expansions.
To find out more about Johnsons book, pick up a copy of the current Chronicles magazine put out by the Rockford Institute. The magazine has republished the original Rock River Times review internationally so people from other areas can find out a little more about our city. Also, you can go to www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Johnsons book signings will take place back to back Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Canterbury Books, 1662 N. Alpine Rd., and at 2 p.m. at Borders Books and Music, 199 Deane Drive (at the corner of Perryville and East State Street). Besides the signing locations, Rockford: 1900 to World War I can be purchased for $19.99 at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, Walden Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Midway Village and Museum Center, Tinker Swiss Cottage and the Rockford College Book Store. A follow-up book, Rockford: 1920-1960, is slated to be released in August 2004.