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History. SIMPLY.

Books and images by Laurent Pernot

There and Here celebrates the heritage and unheralded charm of Illinois. From Alhambra to Zion, from the Indigenous metropolis of Cahokia to the Mormons’ Promised Land at Nauvoo, from slavery to Lincoln, There and Here weaves a tapestry of  18th and 19th Century Illinois, full of abnegation, conflict and hope. 

There and Here is a gem – a book to definitely pick up. Pernot's photography is stunning.”

Illinois Times

“Laurent Pernot’s beautiful a wonderful exploration of the Land of Lincoln, giving readers many reasons to get off the highway and explore our state.” 

Jan Kostner, former director, Illinois Bureau of Tourism

"Pernot’s concise textual entries are greatly enriched by numerous carefully chosen and pleasing pictures....[It] sketches neo-European foundations after Indigenous people had been eliminated."

Leo Schelbert, professor emeritus, U of I at Chicago, author of Switzerland Abroad (2019)

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Other books by Laurent

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“A baseball fan’s delight….a glorious book”

Stuart Shiffman, Illinois Times


“A well written and entertaining read”

Gerald Gems, Journal of Sport History

The late 1880s and early 1900s Chicago baseball club, one of the winningest teams ever assembled, played not one inning on the North Side. 

Before the Ivy offers a grandstand seat to a quirky golden age and opens a door to Chicago's unknown own field of dreams.

Amputated of one of its members, a French family attempts to cope during World War II. Neither German collaborators nor Resistance fighters, but decidedly anti-German, Marcel and Denise are, like most French people between 1939 and 1945, passengers of history who simply try to survive. 

A fictionalized short story based on family documents and oral history, Fernand: A French Family in War also draws upon scholarship to capture the essence of life in occupied France.

Rooted in the 1880s, Haymarket Square riot, Chicago in the early part of the 20th Century was a hotbed of Socialism. The city sent Socialists to the City Council and the State House, with its elected officials “compelled to struggle” against the two “capitalist parties,” Democrats and Republicans. 

Although it renounced violence and Communism, the Party was eventually done in by its German-American sympathies and its Pacifist stance, a deadly sin during World War I.


© Copyright Laurent Pernot 2020

About Laurent

Laurent Pernot was raised in Valentigney, France. He first came to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also studied history and writing. A former reporter and public affairs consultant, he is a college administrator in Chicago. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Jennifer and sons 

Gabriel, Luca and Leo.


Photo by Pascal Bailly


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