By Colleen Taylor Sen The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting was held March 24 at the Rogers Park Library. President Ken Walchak opened the meeting by reviewing the accomplishments of the past year, noting that it was the first year in recent memory that the society has been in the black financially.
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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
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.
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
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
Did you miss our annual meeting? Check out the PowerPoint to see what you missed. Download the file by clicking here or view it below.
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
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 the 1890’s to the Council Wars of the 1980’s, Rogers Park and West Ridge residents have been actively
The Roman Susan Art Foundation and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society will present a collaborative exhibit entitled “Property” in Spring 2017. The exhibit will reflect the way neighborhoods emerge and change as a result of land development. Showcased will be some of the best photographs in our collection. Catch a preview here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rpwrhs/sets/72157676302462950/with/30665148243/ More about
Dear Friends and Supporters, On behalf of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, I hope that you experience great joy throughout this holiday season and into 2017. I also want to express my thanks to all who participated in making 2016 a success, helping us provide a full array of programs to enrich knowledge and