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Past Events

Kate has met with many wonderful people over the years from grade school children to the senior "lunch bunch."

You are welcome to scan the different types of events to which Kate has been invited and take a look at photographs from many of them.

If you are planning your own event, just use the
contact form for availability and other details.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Presentation on history as seen in Naperville city street names at the Hall of Famers lunch

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Oswego Literary Festival at the Oswego Library

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pioneer Making Rope

2nd & Charles (Naperville, IL),336 S Rte 59, Naperville, Illinois from 6pm until 8pm. 2nd & Charles is hosting its first Local Author event to kick off Banned Books Week. A variety of genres will be represented. In addition to finding new reads, events like this are a great way for aspiring authors to learn about getting published. And it's one-stop shopping to find presentations if you're the program chairman of your your school, group or library!

 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3-5, 2014

Book signing at Ghost Stories in the Park...In the Dark for the Naperville Park District

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-12, 2014

Book signing at Ghost Stories in the Park...In the Dark for the Naperville Park District

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fountaindale Library Author Fair in Bolingbrook from 11am until 4pm.
Kate will be putting on the pioneer costume to share stories and a craft with families in the Children's Storytime Room from 2:30 until 3:00.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Presentation on Searching for Joseph Naper's Settlers at the Naperville Masonic bodies annual dinner.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Vendor table at the Naperville Independent Film Festival.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Glen Ellyn Bookfest
Kate is one of 30+ authors of all genres who are part of the Glen Ellyn Bookfest. The public is invited to browse, buy books, and talk about the writing craft. The morning starts with Pitchfest, hosted by the Author!Author! marketing group, of which Kate is a charter member. Pitchfest is a rapid-fire presentation by the authors who give a one-minute pitch for their book to readers in the audience. Authors and their books will be available immediately after Pitchfest for continued conversations.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Volunteer and vendor at Naperville Moms Network 3rd Annual BBQ. Free event open to the entire community held on the Riverwalk at the Grand Pavillion from 12p until 4p. Food, browsing. bouncy house, massages and more.  

Thursday, June 12, 2013

Wheaton Rotary luncheon

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cowart Chiropractic 80 and Better Luncheon.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Naperville Sunrise Rotary breakfast. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fountaindale Library Author Fair in Bolingbrook from 11am until 4pm. Presentation and craft at 2:30pm.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Naperville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Spotlight, 8:00am.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast meet, greet and signing. 8:00am until 12:00pm

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Catch a Bunch of Authors fair at Aurora Public Library. 1pm until 3pm.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Glen Ellyn Bookfest, 8:00am until 2:30pm.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Naperville Rotary South breakfast meeting. 6:30am.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

St. Benedict "Encore" program speaking about passion for history. 6:30pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kate will be among 38 authors you can meet and talk with at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook from 11am until 4pm.

Tuesday, May 11, 2011

Ruth, a Naperville Girl. Presentation on the founding of Naperville from Ruth's point of view from Kate's book Ruth by Lake and Prairie. At the Nichols Library in Naperville.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Presenting Sailing to Plainfield at Cedarlakes Village Senior Living Community.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Participated at Fountaindale Library Author Fair.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Presenting "Thirteen Families West Across the Lakes" at the Chicago Maritime Festival at Chicago History Museum.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Participated as an Illinois author at Anderson's Bookshop Children's Literature Breakfast for educators.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Participated in Tea and Browsing merchant fair at CedarlakesVillage following Laughter Yoga class.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Naperville's Founders" presentation at Independence Village Senior Residence. 

Saturday, June19, 2010

Glen Ellyn Book Fest. Book signing and conversation at VintageLiving shop.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Special guest and workshop presenter at Mayor Daley's Book Club Conference.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spoke to the fourth and fifth grades of the Chicago Academy about Chicago pioneers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Author Event at Bellwood Public Library. Readings and signings in honor of National Library Week.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kate was at the Illinois Author Fair at Fountaindale Public Libraryhttp://www.fountaindale.org/images/stories/Author_Fair_2010_flyer.pdfin Bolingbrook.

Kate's books and fellow members of the Author! Author! marketing group were at the 2010 Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sixth Annual Regional Author Fair at the Joliet Public Library - Black Road Branch. 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Anderson's Bookshop 8th Annual Children's Literature Breakfast. Kate was one of the authors/table hosts during the morning.

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln" presentation at Westminster Place, Evanston.

Saturday, October 18, 2009

Halloween-themed discussion along with Norm Cowie, author of "Fang Face," at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore. Fun, books and snacks, too! Click here to see the news release

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln" presentation at Norwood ParkHistorical Society.

Friday, September 25, 2009

School Day at Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival speaking to Belvidere school groups about 1830's clothing.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln" presentation at Keen Age Center. 3pm at 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere, Illinois. Free and open to the public.

Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2009

Booth at the Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival, the county where Ruth Murray from Ruth by Lake and Prairie spent her adulthood.chool Day at Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival

Friday and Sunday, June 19 and 21, 2009

Booth at Naper Days at Naper Settlement. Children's crafts, book sales, genealogy and history talk and free herb plants with purchase!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Book signing and teacher discussion on "Teaching in the Haunted Classroom" at Waldenbooks, Westfield-Fox Valley Mall with teacher's resources available. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 

Lisle Woman's Club with "The Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln" presentation. Lisle Police Station.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Illinois Author Fair at Fountaindale Public Library. 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook. 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Book signing and teacher discussion on "Teaching in the Haunted Classroom" at Waldenbooks, Westfield-Fox Valley Mall with teacher's resources available.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society. Des Plaines Valley Public Library, Lockport.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Guest speaker at Teen Writers' Workshop at Orland Park Library.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Literacy Night at Albright Middle School in Villa Park.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Spoke at one of the Naperville chapters of P.E.O. International, a Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Gary Zidek of WDCB, the Collge of DuPage radio station, interviewed Kate on the Daylight Edition and Final Edition news programs.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spoke at monthly meeting of the American Association of University Women - Naperville Branch.

Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2008

Booth at the Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival, the county where Ruth spent her adulthood.

Friday, September 26, 2008

School Day at Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival speaking to Belvidere school groups about 1830's clothing.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spoke to students about being an author during Career Day at Grant-White School in Forest Park.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Traveled to the Governor's Mansion in Springfield for the 2008 Illinois State Historical Society Annual Awards Luncheon where Kate and publisher Gnu Ventures Company will receive an award for Ruth by Lake and Prairie. Read the press release.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Speaker at Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club luncheon. 

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Guest at the Sixth Annual Children's Literature Breakfast sponsored by Anderson's Bookshops. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

"Ink Dancing" presentation for the third, fourth and fifth grade classes of Naper School, Naperville.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Book signing at Knox College in Galesburg, Kate's alma mater.

Friday, September 21, 2007

For School Day at the Autumn Pioneer Festival, Kate talked to the kids about clothing in the 1830's as part of the educational rotation for Belvidere students.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Kate participated in the Boone County Autumn Pioneer Festival in Belvidere, Illinois, dressed in pioneer costume. Since Ruth spent her adult life in Belvidere and is buried there as well, Kate provided a tabletop presentation of Ruth's Belvidere roots as well as the book.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Kate signed books at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Naperville, talked about Ruth and Naperville history, and offered teachers' resources and children's pioneer crafts.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Senior Lunch Bunch at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville hosted Kate for lunch and then enjoyed a power point presentation "Searching for Naper's Settlers."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Kate's husband Don, a professional voice-over actor, read an excerpt from Ruth by Lake and Prairie at an open mic event sponsored by the Naperville Writer's Group at the Bolingbrook Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Monarch Landing Retirement Community in Naperville hosted a celebration for residents and guests. As part of the impressive array of food and festivities, Kate gave two talks about the book, Naperville history and historical research, as well as providing some settler-type crafts for kids during the rest of the day. 

Saturday, June 23, 2007

AuthorFest 2007 at the Schaumburg Township District Library featured more than 50 authors speaking on topics from  Promotion to Plotting. While a great resource for fellow authors to network, AuthorFest was also attended by editors, publishers, and aspiring authors. Kate was one of the members of the Children's and YA Panel.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Anderson's Bookshop tent featured several authors of Naperville books throughout the weekend. Kate manned the booth on Sunday afternoon and handed out wind boat instructions for kids to make at home.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Home Grown Authors' Book Signing at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville
Anderson's first local author event. Writers from Naperville's own backyard, including Kate. 

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Book Signing at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville
Kate's first book signing! Friends, family, colleagues and other well-wishers stopped by. Kate spoke fora few minutes about how the book came about and signed copies afterwards.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Teacher Open House at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville
For Grades 4-8
Teachers, parents, caregivers and all who love children’s books heard Anderson's staff talk about the newest in children’s books, aimed at target age groups, including Ruth by Lake and Prairie, with commentary by the author.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sunrise Assisted Senior Living of Naperville - Chicago Avenue
Mainly new residents of Naperville viewed a PowerPoint presentation on the founding of Naperville and the detective work it took to track down who the earliest settlers were.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Presentation for Mill Street School Junior Girl Scouts
Girls dressed in 1830's clothing, learned how clothing, fabric and yarn were made by settlers. Afterwards, they created their own corn husk dolls.