Author Archives: Pat Camalliere

About Pat Camalliere

Pat is a writer of historical mysteries. She lives in Lemont, Illinois.

Three-year-old Elsie, 1893-1896

Three-year-old Elsie, 1893-1896 The first permanent settlers came to Northern Illinois in the 1830s and by the mid-1800s many nearby towns had grown to be of significant size. On 127th Street in Lemont is St. Matthew’s Cemetery. Cemeteries like St. … Continue reading

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America’s Love of Air Racing – 1930s –  Rudy Kling, “Speed King”

With the Chicago Air and Water Show about to begin, I thought it a good time to tell the story of a giant of Air Racing and local boy made famous! In the late 1920s and the entire 1930s, America … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the Quarries

Many ghost hunters describe something called the “limestone theory,” holding that paranormal activity is more frequent in areas where there are large amounts of limestone. One possible explanation is that the chemical makeup of limestone is similar to that of … Continue reading

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Have Yourself an Early Illinois Christmas!

  When I found out my writer friend, Diane Andersen, had written about historic Illinois Christmas traditions, I invited her to write something for my December blog, and she graciously accepted.   By way of introduction, although exploration and fur … Continue reading

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A Walk along the River

  Yesterday afternoon my husband pulled me away from my computer to take a walk on what might turn out to be the last warm day before the onset of winter. I picked the place though. I had done a … Continue reading

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THE BONAPARTES’ HONEYMOON AT NIAGARA FALLS: Guest Post, Ruth Hull Chatlien, author of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

When I read The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien, I was surprised to find that Niagara Falls was visited by tourists as early as 1804, by people such as Jerome Bonaparte and his wife, as well as Aaron … Continue reading

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements: October 22, November 5, November 10

Want to know more about what it takes to see your novel in print? Join me Saturday in Elgin! Free program but be sure to register: gailborden.info/register or call 847-429-4597 Saturday in Elgin doesn’t work for you? The same program … Continue reading

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THE NIAGARA FALLS PORTAGE

Last month I wrote about the Chicago Portage, the route used by American Indians, explorers, and others to travel from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi, and the reason Chicago became one of the greatest cities in the world. I … Continue reading

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Join Me at my Book Release Party October 1

 I’d like to invite you to my  Book Release Party at Smokey Row Antiques on Saturday, October 1 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come and say hello, share  some refreshments, and  help me celebrate the publication of The Mystery At Black … Continue reading

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Join Me at my Book Release Party October 1 or Lemont Historical Society’s Art Walk on Friday night!

My official Book Release Party is at Smokey Row Antiques on Saturday, October 1 at 3 pm. Come and say hello, share some refreshments, and help me celebrate the publication of The Mystery At Black Partridge Woods. I will also … Continue reading

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