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November 2016

Genealogical Field Trip

November 5, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, 801 S Morgan St,
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us for a workshop at the UIC Daley Library with researcher Grace DuMelle on researching genealogy! Attendees will learn how to access the rich resources of this library in their research. For example, they will see how to trace the history of a home or building through construction permits and Sanborn fire insurance maps, use U.S. census records to find out who has lived in the building, look for photos in the library's extensive archival collection, and check newspaper…

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February 2017

Get To Know Our Neighbors: Ethiopian Community Center

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come meet your Ethiopian neighbors in Rogers Park and hear about their history and community while tasting delicious fare from Ethiopian Diamond II (located on 7537 Clark). The event is free but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Where: The Ethiopian Community Center, 1730 Greenleaf Avenue When: Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm Please note that the talk and museum tour take place on the 2nd Floor, and the space has no elevator, so guests will have to use the stairs. We apologize for any…

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March 2017

Hands-On History: A Field Trip to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Grace DuMelle, recognized expert on researching properties in the metro Chicago area, will lead a field trip to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office. This program is for anyone curious about their vintage home, preservationists developing a case for saving a building, and those in the real estate industry wanting to add value to listings and redevelopments. When: March 23, 2:00-4:30pm Where: Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office, 118 N. Clark St. in City Hall/County Building Cost: $35 for…

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2017 Annual Meeting

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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While not necessary, pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as it will guarantee you a seat and help us prepare for the event. Please pre-register below. We hope you will take part in our Annual Meeting with a special guest, Lin Prucher, speaking on our theme for 2017: ACTIVISM! She will especially discuss her work with the Rogers Park Food Co-op! Our president, Ken Walchak, will also reflect on our society's many accomplishments and events over 2016. Participants will have an opportunity to talk…

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April 2017

Participatory Budget Exhibit

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Alderman Joe Moore's "Follow Me" Friday event will take place at the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and will mark the opening of an exhibit on the history of Participatory Budgeting in Rogers Park. Where: Rogers Park /West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview When: 5:00-7:00pm More details to follow.

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Living History Series: David Orr

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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David Orr, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will reminisce about his service, stretching from 1979-1990, as Alderman of the 49th Ward. He will include strategy lessons learned through opposition to those in power. Where: Rogers Park Public Library, 6907  N. Clark St. When: Wednesday April 26, 6:30-7:30pm Event is free of charge, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to guarantee you a seat. Do you ever wonder how Rogers Park became known…

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May 2017

Living History Series: Julia Bachrach

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Julia Bachrach, newly retired historian with the Chicago Park District, will speak on her efforts to name park district facilities for prominent women. This event will also celebrate Julia's many contributions to Chicago's history and her willingness to share her vast knowledge with the public. When: Monday, May 8, 7:00PM Where: Indian Boundary Park Field House, 2500 W. Lunt Avenue Event is free of charge, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to guarantee you a…

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Legal Limits: A Historic Bar Crawl

May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Last years celebrated bar crawl, led by Loyola University History graduate students, is back! Discover some of the historic bars and nightlife venues in Rogers Park on this 1.5 mile walking tour/bar crawl along Devon, Sheridan, and Glenwood. Learn how battles over prohibition, dancing, and movies shaped local bar culture as well as the boundaries of the neighborhood. Find a new place to wet your whistle or see an old favorite with new eyes! When: May 14, 5-7pm Where: The tour…

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Living History Series: Michael James and Katy Hogan, Plus Photo Exhibit Opening

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Continuing our theme for 2017, Activism!, the society is proud to present a photograph exhibit by Michael James during May and June at the Heartland Cafe, kicked off by James and Katy Hogan speaking as part of our Living History Series. You will definitely want to register for this don't-miss event. When: Monday May, 15. The exhibit opening will run from 4-7pm, followed by James and Hogan's talk at 7:30. The photo exhibit itself will remain on display until Sunday, July…

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Learning about African Cuisine: Lunch at Restaurant Badou

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We’ll meet at the Nigerian grocery store Little Lagos Market, 1424 W. Devon Ave., to learn about Nigerian cuisine. Dr. Robert Launay, Professor at Northwestern University, will be our guide along with Colleen Sen, culinary historian. Then we will arrange carpools to Senegalese Restaurant Badou, 2055 W. Howard St. where Badou and his staff will serve a typical Senegalese lunch. Dr. Launay will talk about Senegalese cuisine and African cuisine generally. Where: Little Lagos Market, 1424 W. Devon Ave. When:…

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