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1908 building on Clark at Balmoral having the brick facade replaced
Delivery wagons next to Gengler store on Summerdale at Clark, 1902
The first Edgewater Hospital building ca 1930
Facade of Trumbull School on Foster Avenue, 1908
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

Current Exhibit - Motoring through Edgewater

The current exhibit at the EHS Museum, Motoring through Edgewater, explores the history of how the automobile transformed the Edgewater neighborhood. The exhibit runs until March 13, 2015, and features photographs, maps and other artifacts from the museum’s collection. Related programs will be offered during the exhibit.

In the 1920s, Edgewater became a center for automotive sales and service, with numerous dealerships, garages and parts sellers located along Broadway. The neighborhood was so densely populated with automobile-related businesses that it was dubbed the “North Side Motor Row” by industry experts. [more...]

Plein Air Painters Exhibit

The EHS Museum will again become an art gallery to showcase selected works of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago during Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend (October 10‑12, 2014). There will be a reception at the Museum on Friday (Oct. 10) 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. 11‑12). Click here for an exhibit flyer.

2014 Austin Wyman Lecture

Ann KeatingThe 2014 Fall General meeting and Austin Wyman Lecture will be on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.

Join us to explore the important questions of what makes up community identity, with Professor Ann Keating Durkin, who has written extensively on the history of Chicago’s neighborhoods – a great context to also consider Edgewater’s past and future.

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

The Great Chicago Fire

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be October 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. This will be a multi-book discussion related to the Great Chicago Fire. Click here for more information and a suggested reading list.

2014 Edgewater Home Tour (Past)

The 26th Annual Edgewater Home Tour is Sunday, September 21, 2014.

This year, the tour will feature homes and their interiors in the Edgewater Beach Central neighborhood. The $25/person admission includes the tour booklet and refreshments. Click here for more information.

2014 Summer Nights in Edgewater (Past)

Join your neighbors again this year, on warm summer nights, for our popular community program of free live performances. From July 10 to August 28, 2014, every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., different local musicians will entertain you in the beautiful EHS garden. Refreshments will be served. We are pet friendly! All are welcome. Click here for the 2014 schedule.

Thursday, Aug 28: Maryon Gray and friends, clarinet

Trucks and Edgewater (Past)

Trucks were special innovations along Edgewater’s Northside Motor Row. They were invented, manufactured and marketed differently from cars, and ultimately evolved into different vehicles. “Motoring Through Edgewater” curator Tiffany Middleton will motor through truck history, from war to national tours to businesses right here in Edgewater. August 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Museum.

Tiffany Middleton is co-author of The Clydesdale Motor Truck Company: An Illustrated History, 1917-1939, which details the history of trucks through one independent truck manufacturer. Ms. Middleton will focus on the differences between truck invention and culture, using examples from Edgewater. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale following the program. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

Those Were the Days Radio Players (Past)

Relive the Golden Age of radio drama with “Those Were the Days Radio Players” - Chicago North chapter. On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library (6000 N. Broadway), the Radio Players will perform two programs:

Jack Benny Show: Phil Tries to Collect a World Series Bet was originally broadcast on Oct. 13, 1940. The radio series ran from 1932 to 1955 and starred Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone.

Vic and Sade: Sade Thinks Baseball is Just a Game was originally broadcast in 1938 (exact date unknown). The radio series ran from 1932 to 1944 and starred Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

We will also hear Abbott and Costello’s classic Who’s on First routine, which was first performed on The Kate Smith Hour radio show in 1938.

The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be August 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The book to be discussed is “Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The struggle for Chicago’s Lakefront” by Lois Wille (University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition, 1991). Click here for more information.

Gems from Our Collection (Past)

The current Museum exhibit, “Gems from our Collection,” runs through July 5, 2014. Maybe they’re not jewelry gems, but they’re definitely precious. The exhibit will showcase some of the items donated to EHS over the past 25 years, and tell the story of the object and/or the person who donated it. This will be an eclectic display of items, such as stained glass windows from a demolished Edgewater home or a portable clothes washer made here in Chicago. It will also feature some of the people of Edgewater and their contributions to the culture of Edgewater and Chicago.

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