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Local Historians have wonderful stories to tell. Our talented local writers and researchers often find gems of local history that have escaped being chronicled. Here are a collection of essays that will reveal little known facts about Peoria and its history.
Norman V. Kelly
Norm is a local historian and author who most recently wrote a story entitled, "The Mystery of the Missing Manuscript" for The Big Read Peoria Reads which incorporated local history into a story about the 2009 book choice The Maltese Falcon. His book, UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD, detailing all of Peoria’s executions is available in the Peoria Public Library. Much of his writing comes from his real life experiences as a private detective in Peoria. Norm welcomes your comments and questions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read these stories by Norm Kelly by clicking on the title, then leave a comment if you like.
Norm talks about some of the definitive characters that shaped Peoria's history and peopled her streets in this two part interview.
Large shows and exhibits came to Peoria long before the Civic Center was built. What do you know about the Coliseum and Armory?
Norm Kelly talks about summer time in Peoria and explains photos from the Peoria Public Library Local History collection.
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