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Facade of Trumbull School on Foster Avenue, 1908
Delivery wagons next to Gengler store on Summerdale at Clark, 1902
1908 building on Clark at Balmoral having the brick facade replaced
The first Edgewater Hospital building ca 1930
2009 Kitchen Exhibit at the Museum
Firehouse at Balmoral & Ashland
Firetruck housed at the original firehouse
2011 Edgewater Grocery Stores Exhibit
Greenhouses in the 1930s
Andersonville school view looking south down Ashland 1880
2010 Home Tour (Edgewater North)
Parade on Clark Street, 1966
Maybelline building at Ridge and Clark, ca. 1930s
Postcard of original Edgewater Post Office on Broadway at Catalpa
Postcard of Senn High School prior to the additions, ca. 1920
Saddle & Cycle Club at Foster Ave. 1900
Saddle & Cycle Club at Foster Ave. 1900
Postcard of Edgewater Beach Hotel, pre-1923
Postcard of Edgewater Beach Hotel Yacht Club
2010 Memorial Day Parade

Chicago History Book Group

To Serve and CollectThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are: “Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse” by Steve Bogira (Knopf, 2005), “To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal” by Richard Lindberg (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998), “The Wagon and Other Stories from the City” by Martin Preib (University Of Chicago Press, 2010), and “Split-Second Decisions: Shootings of & by Chicago Police” by William Geller and Kevin Karales (Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, 1981). Click here for a flyer.

Current Exhibit: Voices of Edgewater

The Voices of Edgewater exhibit runs through May 28, 2016.

“Voices of Edgewater” is a major exhibit on immigration in Edgewater. It includes the stories, oral histories, artifacts, photos, textiles, maps and census statistics of the many waves of immigrants who settled in Edgewater. Even before its founding in 1889, Edgewater had been home to immigrants. The first permanent settlers came from Luxembourg and Germany in the 1840s establishing celery farms. [more...]

Chicago Volunteer Expo

Volunteer ExpoVisit the Edgewater Historical Society booth at the 2016 Chicago Volunteer Expo on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Click here for a flyer.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Gangs of ChicagoThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are “A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture” by John Hagedorn (U of Minnesota Press, 2008), “The Gangs of Chicago: An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld” by Herbert Asbury (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2002 [first published in 1940]), “The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago” by Frederick Thrasher (U of Chicago Press, 1927), and “The Almighty Black P. Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang” by Natalie Moore and Lance Williams (Chicago Review Press, 2011). Click here for a flyer.

Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life (Past)

Richard LindbergSaturday, November 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago 60660

Chicago author and historian Richard Lindberg will discuss the historic ethnic Swedish settlement of Andersonville framed around his award-winning memoir “Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life” (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). The book is a heart rendering account of growing up a first generation Swede and coming to terms with his alcoholic, Socialist father and the secrets he carefully hid until death. [more...]

2015 Austin Wyman Lecture (Past)

Jan SchakowskyThe 2015 Fall General meeting and Austin Wyman Lecture will be on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.

We are pleased to welcome Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky as our featured speaker. A strong advocate for immigration reform and fervent advocate for immigrant constituents, her perspective promises to be a timely introduction to the “Voices of Edgewater” exhibit, which runs from October 24, 2015 until May 28, 2016.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

Plein Air Painters Exhibit (Past)

Andersonville Arts WeekendAndersonville Arts Weekend is past, but the Plein Air Painters’ work will still be on display Saturday and Sunday, October 17‑18 – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
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The EHS Museum will again become an art gallery to showcase selected works of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago during Andersonville Arts Weekend (October 9‑11, 2015). There will be a reception at the Museum on Friday (Oct. 9) from 5‑9 p.m. and the Museum will be open extended hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 10‑11). Click here for an exhibit flyer.

Kathy Gemperle interview on WBBM radio (CBS Chicago)

EHS LogoKathy Gemperle was recently interviewed by Steve Miller for the WBBM “Made in Chicago” radio series. To listen to the interview, click here (requires Adobe Flash).

Edgewater's Landmark Buildings (Past)

What goes into making a building a Chicago landmark? Did you know there are 19 places in Edgewater that have special designations? Stop by the EHS Museum for the exhibit Edgewater’s Landmark Buildings and find out how this works and where our local landmarks are located. The exhibit will run until October 4, 2015.

Also continuing from the Motoring through Edgewater exhibit will be the presentation of the “North Side Motor Row” map of Broadway and the story of how that Motor Row looked in 1928.

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality (Past)

Corrupt IllinoisTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago 60660

The Edgewater Historical Society, Ravenswood-Lakeview Historical Association, and the Chicago Public Library are pleased to co-host this program. Authors Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson discuss their 2015 book “Corrupt Illinois”.

Click here for a flyer.

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