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July 2018

The Great Chicago House Hunt Continues

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Be a digital history detective. Help identify photos from our archive. 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…

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Living History: Archiving the Talk of A Lifetime: 45 Years of Studs Terkel Radio

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict has arisen and our speaker for this event is unable to appear. So, this event is cancelled.       Studs Terkel was born in New York City, but was a fixture of Chicago life for more than half a century. Although widely recognized as an author, oral historian, social activist and television pioneer, Studs is best known for his years on WFMT-FM radio conducting interviews with some of the most interesting people of the 20th…

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June 2018

Great Chicago House (Photo) Hunt Is Back!

June 24 @ 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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Rob Case with students doing a Great Chicago House Hunt on Loyola's Day of Service. Be a digital history detective. Help identify photos in our archive. 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…

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Spirits of Rogers Park/West Ridge At Rosehill

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
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Honor the early leaders of Rogers Park and West Ridge when you join neighborhood historian Glenna Eaves on a  tour of Rosehill Cemetery that highlights 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 shaped the history of the community we live in today.  Tour begins at Rosehill East…

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Burnham’s Dream: The White City

June 2 - July 1
Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657 United States

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Lifetime member and volunteer June Finfer has written the book and lyrics for a new musical telling the story of visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham and Chicago’s great World’s Fair. Previews begin June 2 at Theater Wit. A lively new look at the story of an important chapter in Chicago history, BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY celebrates the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World’s Fair and is endorsed by the State of Illinois Bi-Centennial Committee. Lost and Founds…

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May 2018

Hidden in Plain Sight: Chicago’s Lakefront Masterpieces

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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Art in Unexpected Places: Chicago’s lakefront is lined with a vast collection of outdoor sculpture…paintings too…, yet this virtual museum of public art is virtually unknown. Just Look Down: Maybe you’ll see a name, or some initials in a heart, but also portraits, animals, buildings and more. Millions have strolled, swam, fished and hung out, and some looked to pass the time with pen knives, screwdrivers or chisels, carving a legacy into those miles of lakefront. Chicago’s waterfront stone-carving extravaganza…

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Doing Business on Devon: 1900 to 2018

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Parking Lot next to Clark-Devon Hardware, 6401 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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Devon Avenue around the intersection of  Clark Street is one of the oldest business districts in Rogers Park. Over the years, the southern gateway to our community has continuously evolved, and is still changing every day. Groceries and taverns, theaters and a funeral home, have come and gone, while other businesses have been neighborhood stalwarts for decades. Get to know old and new businesses on Devon Avenue and discover how the area's unique culture evolved throughout the 20th Century, and…

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April 2018

Shop At Ten Thousand Villages and Help Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, 719 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Your chance to find great gifts for Mother's Day and other spring gift-giving occasions and help two non-profit organizations with your purchases. Shop for unique, handmade gifts from around the world including fair trade baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans at Ten Thousand Villages, and RPWRHS will receive 15% of sales that take place during the event. We'll be on site with refreshments, and we'll also be selling The World In One Neighborhood: The Varied Cuisines of…

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Living History: The Delicious History of Iconic Chicago Foods

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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Noted food historians Colleen Taylor Sen, Carol Mighton Haddix and Bruce Kraig co-edited the recently-published Chicago Food Encyclopedia. They will share stories of the foods and food establishments that make Chicago "an American culinary paradise," focusing on iconic classics with ties to Rogers Park and West Ridge. About the Speakers Carol Mighton Haddix is a former food editor of the Chicago Tribune. She has edited many Tribune cookbooks, as well as Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Food History with Menus, Recipes, and…

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March 2018

Annual Member Meeting: Our Past, Present and Future in the Bicentennial Year

March 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626 United States

Ken Walchak In 2018, we're celebrating our 43 years in the community, the 125th Anniversary of Rogers Park/West Ridge annexation to the city of Chicago and the Bicentennial of the State of Illinois. Join us for light refreshments at our Annual Membership Meeting as we review the accomplishments of the past and explore the future of our organization, our community and our state in this landmark year.  To kick things off, current members will vote on new candidates for the Rogers Park/West Ridge Board…

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