May 21, 2018 5:30 PM
Ray and Pam Bruzan, Authors
"Cotton, Violins, & Shots in the Night" - A history of Rochester IL

Join authors Ray and Pam Bruzan on a journey through the history of Rochester Township. Their new book is loaded with hundreds of stories and photographs that span 200 years of township history. Now in its second printing, Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night-A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois, brings the reader stories of gun fights, a bank robbery, a UFO, a downtown trolley, major fires, a cotton baron, connections to nine U.S. Presidents, murders, a world-renowned violinist, and even a mountain in Alaska. Their book will be available for signing and purchase ($28.00) at the conclusion of their program.

Award-winning educator Ray Bruzan completed the last five years of his 42-year teaching career as a chemistry professor at Benedictine University-Springfield. He has authored articles in the Journal of Chemical Education, The American Biology Teacher, and Illinois Times. Ray is Springfield District 186’s 1990 Educator of the Year.

Rochester’s 2001 Citizen of the Year, Pam Bruzan has served the community on the Rochester School Board, Rochester Library Board, the Rochester Planning & Zoning Commission, and the Rochester Historical Preservation Society. Pam founded Sangamon Valley Writing Associates in 1985 and has co-authored the book Greater Springfield: Building on the Legacy.