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Historical Society offering three featured presentations

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 4:20 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum has three events planned throughout the next month featuring topics including salesman, roads and a behind-the-scenes look at Dick Tracy.

The first event at 3 p.m. Monday examines the traveling salesmen of Illinois. The program presented by Ronald Solberg highlights a 150-year history of Illinois traveling salesmen including figures such as Marshall Field and infomercial king Ron Popeil who have introduced products, services and concepts that are still seen today.

At 7 p.m. on April 7, author and Norwood Park resident Stan Banash will make a presentation based on his book "Roadside History of Illinois." The book covers the history of the state from the Ice Age to the present, offering a series of short trips along old U.S. highways, state highways and county roads.

"Behind the Badge" will be presented at 7 p.m. April 21 and takes a look behind the Dick Tracy comic strip with its technical adviser Chicago Police Sgt. Jim Doherty. It will focus on the real-life role models behind the fictional detective.

All events take place at the museum at 6422 Main St. in Union. For more information, visit www.gothistory.org or call 815-923-2267.

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