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Kraig Moreland on Furnace Girl and LB Children's Home

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7 p.m.
Hunter Family Education Hall, History Center, 509 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
$10 members, $15 non-members

Lifelong Lake Bluff resident Kraig Moreland will be interviewed by journalist Adrienne Fawcett to discuss his film about Lake Bluff Children's Home and his new book on one of Lake Bluff’s enduring mysteries.

The Furnace Girl is a coming-of-age historical fiction novel set in the 1920s in Lake Bluff. It tells the story of 30-year Elfreida Knaak who was found naked in the basement of the Village Hall, propped up next to the furnace, with burns over more than half of her body... but still alive! (She soon succumbed to her injuries.) To this day – 90 years later -- no one knows how she got there or how she was so badly burned.

In 2011, Kraig Moreland wrote, filmed and produced the documentary "A Childhood Lost & Found - A Journey back to The Lake Bluff Children's Home," about the orphanage, the children who lived there and the people who cared for them. From 1894 until 1979, the Lake Bluff Children’s Home helped more than 100 children annually to build better lives.


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