Learn About Bernard
Bernard Turner was born in Bronzeville and educated in the Chicago Public School system. He studied German as an undergraduate (class of 1970) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. Mr. Turner has been a teacher of Language Arts, German and Spanish on the middle school and high school and worked in educational publishing in sales and marketing from 1978 until December 2014. He has also served as a gallery interpreter at the Chicago History Museum since 2000.
In 2002, Mr. Turner founded Highlights of Chicago Press with the publication of A View of Bronzeville, a neighborhood tour guide that focuses on the important institutions and people that made Bronzeville a great neighborhood. Other publications include The Windies’ City — Chicago’s Historical Hidden Treasures; Chicago Neighborhoods with Flavor — Getting Out of the Loop; and a social studies book for children called Our Chicago People and Places. Bernard co-wrote and published Tate and His Historic Dream, a Phillis Wheatley Award Finalist.
Besides writing and giving tours, Bernard is chairing the educational curriculum committee for the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission for the Great Migration Centennial coming up in 2016. He is also a director on the board of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, which has as a goal of recreating a Union Camp barracks on the location of the camp to serve as a museum and interpretive center about the Civil War and Chicago history.
Mr. Turner is available to speak to audiences, school groups and to conduct tours. He especially likes working with teachers and children to discuss Chicago history and culture.
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