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David Baeckelandt
debendevan Glenview, IL, USA

David Baeckelandt was born and raised in the U.S. He has an MA in History from the University of Illinois. Married with three active children, he is passionate about his family, scripophily, genealogy, and history.

Publish Date  June 14, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  80 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  History

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MarieLouise5

MarieLouise5 says

In this new book, Arnold Van Puymbroeck: The First Eighty Years, historian David Baeckelandt chronicles Arnold’s life and tells the story of the Belgian community in Chicago up to the present time. He describes Arnold growing up in Vrasene, traveling to America in 1952, becoming a janitor in Chicago, and starting a family. The intertwined history of the janitors’ union and the Belgian-American Club of Chicago is well covered. The book shows how Arnold was either the organizer or the guiding light of the many activities of the Belgian community in Chicago: group visits to Belgium, archery, cycling, veterans marching, band playing, dancing, picnics, and others. The book is illustrated with many photographs and images of original documents. It is readable and we recommend it highly.

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