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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

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 100 Years Later

The one hundred year anniversary of the opening of the Edgewater Beach Hotel will be celebrated with an exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum on June 4th at 12 noon. The exhibit will be open on weekends throughout the rest of 2016. Come prepared to learn about this fabulous hotel that put Edgewater on the map by surfing our website. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group

The OutfitThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The books to be discussed are: “Captive City” by Ovid Demaris, “Family Secrets” by Jeff Coen, “Mob Cop” by Fred Pascente, and “The Outfit” by Gus Russo. Click here for a flyer.

Voices of Edgewater (Past)

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...]

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner (Past)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
from 6-9 p.m.
Pork Shoppe
5721 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Donation: $60 ($55 each for two or more)

Our annual Spring Benefit celebrates The Voices of Edgewater, the people who through the years have helped create the dynamic community we enjoy today. Join with us, your friends and neighbors, for great food, a silent auction, announcement of our 2016 Living Treasures and the EHS Volunteer of the Year, and celebrate the unique qualities of our community.

Click here to order tickets by mail with a check.
Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

The Haymarket TragedyThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The books to be discussed are: “Death in the Haymarket” by James Green (Anchor (reprint), 2007), “The Haymarket Tragedy” by Paul Avrich (Princeton University Press, 1986), and “The History of the Haymarket Affair” by Henry David (Collier Books, 1963). Click here for a flyer.

2016 Annual Meeting (Past)

Jean MishimaThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2016 Annual Meeting, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2016-17. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

The program will be “The Japanese-American Experience in the Internment Camps” and our speaker will be Jean Mishima, President, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society. Ms. Mishima will tell the poignant story of growing up in those camps and the lessons learned. [more...]

Chicago Volunteer Expo (Past)

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)

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.

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...]

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