LTHS Social Studies teacher Ron Vasile has published his first book, titled "William Stimpson and the Golden Age of American Natural History". His research, which took 30 years to complete, started with a scrapbook of letters written to Stimpson right after the Chicago Fire in 1871. Vasile contacted more than 50 places that had letters from Stimpson and found newspaper accounts of meetings at the Chicago Academy of Sciences (where Stimpson worked). Vasile also made several visits to the Smithsonian, where many of Stimpson's letters are located, and he traveled to Boston and Cambridge, MA, where Stimpson grew up in order to learn more about him.
Vasile's book is published through the Northern Illinois University Press, and can be purchased on Amazon for $29.