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A Walk on the Quiet Side: Spirits of Rosehill Cemetery Tour By John Fitzgerald On Saturday, June 9, after a dreary, rain-soaked morning when the spirits were willing but the sunshine was weak, an eager group met to take the Spirits of Rogers Park/West Ridge at Rosehill Cemetery tour. Indefatigable and resourceful guide Glenna Eaves led […]

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Living History: The Delicious History of Chicago’s Iconic Foods By Carol Veome At a Living History program on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Budlong Woods branch of the Chicago Public Library, the three editors of The Chicago Food Encyclopedia talked about the importance of Chicago in the history of food, and the importance of […]

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By Kay McSpadden Tom Nall has led a conventional life, but he’s a very unconventional person.  He’s been a cowboy and is past president of the James-Younger Gang.  Currently he’s famous around the Historical Society as a hobo.  In his conventional role, he’s a retired history teacher, having taught for twenty-eight years at St. Viator […]

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Emma Lazarus would be proud. In the latest installment of our LIVING HISTORY Series, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society hosted speaker Bena Shklyanoy at the Budlong Woods Branch Library on Monday evening February 26, 2018. Bena could be the personification of “the huddled masses” who left Europe for America over the past two centuries. […]

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By John Fitzgerald, RP/WRHS Volunteer The latest lecture in our Living History series focused on “draining the swamp” that was Chicago. Because the low-lying north side of Chicago barely rose above the level of Lake Michigan, it had to be dried to be made livable. The story of draining the area was the subject of […]

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Julia Bachrach, author, lecturer and former Chicago Park District historian, addressed an audience at the Indian Boundary Park field house on Monday evening, May 8th on the topic of honoring women who were important in Chicago’s history by naming Chicago parks and beaches in their memory. The well-attended event was held in the recently-restored Tudor […]

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The Roman Susan Art Foundation and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society collaborated to present “Property,” an exhibit that reflects the way neighborhoods emerge and change as a result of land development. The exhibit consists of individual reflections, done by local artists, to some of the best historic images in our collection. Click here for […]

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Pictured above: Jahahara Harry Armstrong, organizer of the Rogers Park Tenants Committee. Donated to the RP/WRHS by Carmen Lara. Debates. Demonstrations. Marches. Movements. People everywhere have turned to activism as a way to shape the city, the country and the world. But activism is nothing new to Chicago’s Far North Side. From the Cabbage Wars of […]

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