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H.S. Pepoon: Conservation Pioneer of Northwest Illinois

by Cory Ritterbusch

About the Book

The book explores the life and work of botanist, doctor, teacher and author H.S. Pepoon. It focuses primarily on his influence in Northwest Illinois. Pepoon, who is responsible for the creation of Apple River Canyon State Park, studied the region intensely throughout his life and left 11 remarkable essays about the flora, terrain and natural history of northwest Illinois. Written between 1904 and 1933, these essays have been collecting dust until discovered by Cory Ritterbusch. They are now available for public appreciation. It offers a snapshot of time with highly relevant information to restoration ecologists, local historians and those interested in environmental ethics.

Along with the 11 original Pepoon essays. The book offers an extensive introduction, a biography about Pepoons life, a scrapbook section revealing interesting Pepoon documents and a Foreword written by Bill Handel of the Illinois Natural History Survey. It is certain to appeal to a wide variety of people.

What People Are Saying:

“Cory Ritterbusch has rescued Pepoon from anonymity in his new book H.S. Pepoon: Pioneer Conservationist of Northwest Illinois. In doing so he establishes Pepoon as a touchstone of the natural history of Illinois especially the Driftless Area”

Review by Robert Klaus, Illinois Humanities Council

Interview with The Flash (Warren IL paper)

The Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)

Where can I buy the Book? The book is available at these retail locations:

Book World, Galena, IL

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena, IL

Galena History Museum, Galena, IL

River Lights Bookstore, Dubuque, IA

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL

Brewster House Cheese Store, Shullsburg, WI

Purchase the book at HERE from Alibris


If you have additional information or artifacts regarding Herman Pepoon, please contact cory@prairieworksinc.com