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December 2019

Great Chicago House Hunt: One More Time

December 15 @ 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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November 2019

Digital Detectives: The Great Chicago House Hunt is Back

November 10 @ 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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One Juror’s Ordeal: The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

November 4 @ 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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October 2019

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

October 17 @ 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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September 2019

American Four Square Home

33rd Annual House Walk: Exploring Jarvis Four-Squares

September 22 @ 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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August 2019

Living History Program: Artists of the Wall

August 28 @ 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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July 2019

Edgewater Historical Society Explores How Luxembourgers Shaped Chicago

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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If you aren't taking our Gangsters of West Ridge Tour on July 13, stop by the Edgewater Branch Library to hear the story of how immigrants from one of the smallest countries in Europe shaped the early history of Chicago's Far North Side. Kevin Wester, retired Executive Director of the Luxembourger American Cultural Society will give a wide-ranging overview of how this small group brought their farming skills to our city, creating a network of farms and greenhouses that arced…

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The Gangsters of West Ridge Tour Returns July 13

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Northtown Public Library, 6800 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Last time sold out quickly. Register now to reserve your ticket for the walking tour that takes you back to a fascinating look at a sometimes glamorized, sometime buried era of Chicago history, with links to our own community.  Tony Soprano wasn't the first mobster drawn to quiet suburban-style living. In the Roaring 20's, the new bungalows of West Ridge provided an idyllic refuge on the northern edge of the city for organized crime figures involved in the gambling, rum-running,…

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June 2019

Walking Tour: The Gangsters of West Ridge

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Warren Park Fieldhouse, 6601 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645 United States
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Tony Soprano wasn't the first mobster drawn to quiet suburban-style living. In the Roaring 20's, the new bungalows of West Ridge provided an idyllic refuge on the northern edge of the city for organized crime figures involved in the gambling, rum-running, vice and gangland struggles for power that defined the Prohibition era in Chicago. Join Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves on a walk through the Rogers Park Manor and Talman West-Ridge Historic Bungalow Districts to enjoy the story of the notorious…

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May 2019

The Return of the Spirits of Rosehill

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rosehill Cemetery Entrance, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Neighborhood Historian Glenna Eaves will once again lead her popular tour "The Spirits of Rogers Park and West Ridge at Rosehill Cemetery." Join Glenna to honor the early leaders of Rogers Park and West Ridge by visiting the graves and monuments of men and women who helped build our neighborhood. Farmers, soldiers, business owners, artists and a host of others all played a role in our history. Glenna will tell the stories of local residents whose vision, enterprise and dedication…

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