Who is Rebecca Hunter?
Author, researcher and lecturer Rebecca Hunter became fascinated with the phenomenon of mail order homes in 1996, and is currently engaged in the study of kit homes and agricultural buildings marketed from 1906-1946 by nine different companies. Hunter has sought these buildings throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and in many other states. She has located mail order buildings in over 400 Illinois municipalities and in 29 other states.
Working with the Elgin Illinois Heritage Commission, Hunter located and photo documented over 250 mail order homes in Elgin, and to date has authenticated over 170 of these. Hunter's books, "Elgin Illinois Sears House Research Project" and