Long-time RPWRHS volunteer Tom Nall, a retired history teacher, has had a conventional life, but spiced up with some unconventional adventures, as Society Vice President Kay McSpadden learned when they sat down for this chat.
Bena Shklyanoy and her family were part of a wave of Russian Jewish emigrants who were allowed to leave the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1979. Her tales of coming to Rogers Park in 1976 are another fascinating chapter in the immigrant history of our neighborhood.
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. In the latest Living History series talk Richard Lanyon told the story of “draining the swamp” that became Chicago.
In our year-long exploration of Activism, two Living History talks by long-time neighborhood activists illustrated how advocacy for a wide range of causes can lead to important change.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]