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August 2019

Living History Program: Artists of the Wall

August 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 West Greenleaf
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Artists of the Wall has been an important part of Rogers Park for a quarter of a century. Learn the story behind this enduring Loyola Park Advisory Council project that adds art to our lake shore and involves hundreds of local residents and artists from around the city. Mary Bao, long-time RPWRHS member and one of the founders of the event, will talk about how the festival began, how it has evolved over more than two decades, and plans for where it's going in the future.

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September 2019

American Four Square Home

33rd Annual House Walk: Exploring Jarvis Four-Squares

September 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Around the turn of the 20th Century, the new residential development called Birchwood Beach attracted prosperous Chicago residents with its clean air, proximity to Lake Michigan and easy access to downtown Chicago via a train station near what is now the Red Line stop at Jarvis Square. On open lands once covered by a thick birch forest, the founders of Rogers Park built spacious homes in the style known as the American Four-Square. Join us for a self-guided tour of…

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October 2019

Living History Program: The Stories Behind the “Made In Chicago” Exhibition

October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Northtown Public Library, 6800 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Part of Andrew Clayman’s collection of vintage Chicago-made products has been on display at our office, but Andrew himself will be our Living History Speaker on October 17 at the Northtown Branch Library, 6801 N. Western Ave, when he will discuss the collection with a special emphasis on the sometimes-overlooked manufacturing legacy of the North Side. Our hands-on exhibit of products manufactured in 20th Century Chicago is on view any Wednesday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at…

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November 2019

One Juror’s Ordeal: The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

November 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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Fifty years ago, on Sept 24, 1969, the Chicago Conspiracy Trial opened to decide the fate of eight protesters arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The trial was a political, legal and historical landmark that lasted for almost five months, becoming known as the Chicago Seven trial when one defendant, Bobby Seale, accused Judge Julius Hoffman of racism and demanded a separate trial. Jean Fritz was a juror who kept a journal during five long months of sequestration, recording her…

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Digital Detectives: The Great Chicago House Hunt is Back

November 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Join the Ranks of Our Digital History Detectives.   Over the years, we’ve accumulated many photographs of homes, commercial buildings and other places in the neighborhood with limited information as to their location, date or subject matter. We’re filling in the details for as many as we can, and you can help. Join Rob Case, our Ace Photo Archivist, for a Great Chicago House Hunt session, where he’ll show you how to use digital resources like Google Streetview, old phone books…

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December 2019

Great Chicago House Hunt: One More Time

December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Join Rob Case, our Ace Photo Archivist, for the last Great Chicago House Hunt session of the year, where he’ll show you how to use digital resources like Google Streetview, old phone books and other internet resources to search for clues in unidentified photos. No experience necessary, but it helps if you’re comfortable with using Google for searches and have basic internet skills.

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March 2020

2020 Annual Member Meeting: Ultra Local Geography, from Preservationist Larry Shure

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northtown Public Library, 6800 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Larry Shure is a preservation planner who has lived in Rogers Park for 20 years. Since 2006 he has shared his neighborhood observations, sketches, diagrams and maps on his blog, Ultra Local Geography, with a unique artistic flair. His Illustrated presentation, Historic Architecture and Development in Rogers Park/West Ridge: Selected Entries from the Ultra Local Geography Blog will highlight some of Larry's favorite sketches and stories about Rogers Park and West Ridge, an ultra-interesting peek at our ultra-local community. The…

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We’re Social Distancing For Now . . .

March 20 - May 30

We'll announce new events when we can. Until then, we hope members, supporters and friends care for themselves and others by staying at home.

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April 2020

Tell Us Your Pandemic Story

April 16 - June 30
Photo showing women making masks during 1918 flu pandemic

A century ago, the Spanish Flu raged across the world, but we know very little about how it affected the people of Rogers Park and West Ridge. Today, the Covid-19 Pandemic is changing life as we know it, and we want to collect and preserve the experiences we're all going through. Sending your story is as simple as sending an email. Click here for details.

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August 2020

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A Celebration with Alderwoman Maria Hadden

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment granted the vote to women nationwide. Join us on Zoom for an online celebration of the centennial with 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden.

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