Lithograph of USS Illinois (BB-7) as she was recreated for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Built from plywood and other wood products, the popular attraction offered audiences glimpses of life-boat drills and other ship-board activities.
Writer and historian
Edward F. FINCH
After 25+ years teaching at the secondary level, Edward then served as Executive Director of the Stephenson County Hisotircal Museum for 6 years.
A native of Taylorville, IL, he earned an undergraduate degree at Eureka College and a masters degree at Bradley University. In 1999 Illinois State University awarded him a Doctor of Arts in History.
His biography of renowned United States Navy submariner and novelist, Edward L. Beach, Jr., was an outgrowth of his doctoral dissertation.
Since 1974 Edward has lived in Freeport, IL, where he still resides today with his wife Cathy.
Coming SoonVETERANS DRIVE isa novel about growing up in the 1950s and '60s in a subdivision build exclusively for the Veterans of World War II. While most Americans were making progress economically, they were ignoring the problems of Veterans suffering from the horrors of the war, as well as how those hidden traumatic stresses impacted families. The novel examines a darker side of "The Greatest Generation."
The most recent Gabby Gordon Mystery
When a group of Lincoln re-enactors comes to town for
their annual convention, someone starts killing them.
OTHER GABBY GORDON MYSTERIES
First in the series
A female attorney in Freeport, IL, Gabby Gordon becomes involved in solving a murder, as well as figuring out how the previous resident of an old mansion in which she resides may have been involved in the assassination of a famous person.
Second in the Series
When a old building collapses in downtown Freeport, the long lost files of a defunct law practive are uncovered. As Gabby Gordon tries to sort out some of the back stories in the files, someone resorts to murder to keep secrets hidden.
third in the series
The brutal killing of a young woman in rural Stephenson County, IL, becomes a case for Gabby Gordon as she tries to exhonerate her client, who is one among many possible suspects.
Elegy: A Novel, follows the lives of all 14 members of a high school graduating class from 1922. Set in the fictional town of Wayne, IL, each life-story is told through the eyes of Edeth Mae Cullen, one of the members of their class. This is a story of friendship and forgiveness. Anne LoCascio won "The Distinguished Favorite Award" from the Independent Press for her design of the cover of Elegy: A Novel.
All of Edward's works, both in print and ebook formats, are available at Amazom.com.