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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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June 2020

Birchbark, Wiigwaas (The Beauty & History of Birch)

June 14 - September 30
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 W. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States
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The Roman-Susan Art Foundation presents Birchbark, Wiigwaas, an exhibition of new images by Nora Moore Lloyd, video by James Kaagegaabaw Vukelich, with archival material and images from the American Indian Center and Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

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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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September 2020

34th Annual House Walk, Virtual Edition

September 13 @ 4:00 pm - October 18 @ 4:00 pm

Covid-19 can't stop the 34th Annual Rogers Park/West Ridge House Walk. We're taking our event online! Each Sunday until October 18, 4 p.m. we're presenting episodes of our 2020 Virtual House Walk, each focused on one fascinating and historic home. In these weekly Zoom sessions, we'll tell the story of the property and join the current homeowners for a video tour that highlights the features that make their home a unique addition to our community. No fee to join the…

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October 2020

Open House Chicago Comes to Rogers Park

October 16 - November 1

Open House Chicago has been reimagined for 2020. Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, the event spans more than 20 Chicago neighborhoods, including Rogers Park, and has been extended to November 1. The event is a showcase of the fascinating history, architecture, and culture of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, through both online and outdoor events. Download the app, for mobile access to walking tours and other programming. On October 21, 10 a.m. Rogers Park resident Nicole Kowrach will chat online with…

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Member/Volunteer Social Hour and Discussion

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We still can't gather in person, but we can still get together. Join us for a Virtual Member-Mingle and Social Hour to catch up on RPWRHS programs and plans, and add your voice and feedback to the discussion. Bring your favorite beverage and your ideas to this informal conversation where we'll share thoughts and catch up together.

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November 2020

Living History: Preserving and Sharing Black History in Chicago

November 17 @ 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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