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November 2020

Living History: Preserving and Sharing Black History in Chicago

November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Black Metropolis History Consortium is dedicated to discovering, preserving and promoting the use of materials documenting the history of Black Chicago. Marcia Walker-McWilliams, the group's Executive Director, will talk about her organization's efforts to make the history of African-Americans in Chicago available for all of us today and for historians and researchers in the future. Marcia Walker-McWilliams is the Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). She received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of…

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December 2020

Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s

December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that The Beatles visited Edgewater's Saddle and Cycle Club before their 1965 concerts? That's just one fascinating tidbit in the new book "Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s" by local historian and Rogers Park resident John Lyons. Join us and Professor Lyons on Zoom at this event organized by the Edgewater Historical Society to enjoy a provocative look back at those turbulent times, the Fab Four and Chicago of the 1960's.

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Make Your Holiday Shopping a Win-Win-Win Event

December 14, 2020 - December 16, 2020
Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, 915 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, 60202 United States
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Shop in person or online at Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, December 14-16 and we get a share of your spending. Learn How Here . ..

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A Wish for a Happier New Year

December 18, 2020 - January 4, 2021

Click to read a message from Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society President Ken Walchak.

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February 2021

Shop Small and Make a Big Difference

February 1 - February 28
Rpgers Park Business Alliance Shop Where Your Hear is Logo

It's been tough the past year, and local businesses need our support. During February, put your money where your heart is and shop locally. Participate in the Rogers Park Business Alliance Shop Where Your Heart Is campaign. For full rules and details, click here.   Enter your receipts from local businesses for a chance to win weekly prizes and a $1,000 grand prize at the end of the month. You'll help our independent neighborhood businesses to survive and thrive.  Submit receipt…

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Walking Devon and Other Stories: Living History with David Patt

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Take a break from the pressures of current events and enjoy a look back at the simplicity of childhood. Long-time West Ridge resident David Patt will share stories from his memoir of the 1950s and 1960s, Walking Devon and other childhood memories and we'll all take time to remember and share our own favorite childhood experiences. This virtual event is free and open to all, presented via Zoom.

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March 2021

2021 Annual Member Meeting

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Our 2021 Annual Meeting will include a new virtual production of "The Debate," a play by long-time member June Finfer first performed live to celebrate the Centennial of Annexation in 1993.

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April 2021

Examining Our Monuments: Rogers Park Edition

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

One of the 41 public monuments that are subjects of the Chicago Monument assessment project is the plaque marking the Indian Boundary Line in Rogers Park. Join us for a discussion of the historic significance of the Indian Boundary, the purpose of historic markers and monuments, and perspectives on whether and how this particular marker serves its purpose.

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A Return to Historic Rosehill

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rosehill Cemetery Entrance, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Walking tours are back for the summer, beginning with the return of our popular walk through historic Rosehill Cemetery. Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves will once again lead a tour that reveals the early story of our community by visits to the graves and monuments of men and women who helped build our neighborhood. Farmers, soldiers, business owners, artists and a host of others from Rogers Park, West Ridge and neighboring areas like Evanston all played a role in our history.…

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June 2021

Return of The Gangsters of West Ridge

June 19 - June 20

Walking tours are back! Join Glenna Eaves and Dona Vitale on a walk through two Historic Bungalow Districts to learn about the notorious gangsters who shared this peaceful neighborhood with prosperous business owners, famous athletes, noted architects, creative artists and skilled craftsmen.

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