Author Gail Lukasik to Speak in Gurnee about Genealogy Roadshow Experience

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Gail Lukasik, local author whose family mysteries were featured on the St. Louis episode of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow, will be the speaker at the AAUW (American Association of University Women) meeting in Gurnee November 10. Lukasik will share her on-screen and behind-the-scenes experiences, as well as the research that went into her amazing family discovery.
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Author Gail Lukasek will speak in Gurnee Nov. 10. – AAUW photo
The free event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Gurnee Police Station at the corner of O’Plaine Road and Washington Street.
The author will discuss her mother’s story of racial “passing” and her personal reflections on racial identity.  Even after the show aired, the story is still unfolding, adding many surprising twists to her family’s multiracial story. Lukasik has a fascinating history as a ballerina. She has had careers in business, and after earning a Ph.D in English she became an educator and a published writer of poetry and mystery novels.
Signed copies of Lukasik’s mystery which is set in Door County, “Peak Season for Murder,” will be available for purchase. More can be found on her website
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners.  Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more at

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