John and Amanda Pollard came to Rogers Park in the 1880’s. John was the son of  free Black Virginians who sent him west to Leavenworth Kansas to avoid the risk of capture and enslavement. There, he entered the Union Army at the age of 15, and at the end of the Civil War,  returned to […]

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We’re happy to be a Community Partner for the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago. This free annual architecture fest offers behind-the-scenes, in-person site visits on October 16-17 to fascinating places all over Chicago and some suburbs, plus self-guided architecture trails, virtual programming and more all through October. Plan to take in the sites and […]

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President Ken Walchak welcomes the clock into the RPWRHS collection. Many thanks to donor Jeanne E. Heinen, who recently gave us a treasured keepsake that is truly part of our neighborhood’s history. The Sessions Oak-Cased Drop Octagon (Schoolhouse) Clock  once hung in the classroom of Jeanne’s dear friend, Dorothy Heitman (1900 – 2000), who taught […]

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