Category Archives: News & Updates

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

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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Living History: The Immigrant Experience: From Russia to Rogers Park

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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Living History: Urbs in Aqua: Richard Lanyon on the History of Chicago’s Water System

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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Living History: Julia Bachrach and David Orr speak at RPWRHS programs

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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New collaboration showcases historic images

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

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