From the President

Vol. II No. 1 - FALL 1989

By: Kathy Gemperle

The EHS picnic potluck at beautiful Berger Park on Saturday, July 22, was great fun. Many members brought friends and quite a variety of food. We set up by the north coach house and enjoyed some of the Chicago air show along the lakefront. The idea of producing an Edgewater cookbook became infinitely more appealing as we sampled the scrumptious food. This may be an annual event!

We must express our thanks to the North Lakeside Cultural Center for making their facility available for our use. Our Board of Directors met in the coach house just prior to the festivities.

The North Lakeside Cultural Center has also offered us space as one of their monthly exhibits over the coming year. If anyone is willing to organize an exhibit, please get in touch with me. We have some historic photos and the “Dawn to Dusk in Edgewater Parks” exhibit. What we need is a plan…

Our booth at the Andersonville Midsommarfest on June 24 was a great success. Evangeline Mistaras, Martha Kraeger, Polly Halliday, Phil LaPalio and Dave Gemperle set up and manned the booth. Gregg Mann, Bob Remer and Gloria Evenson chatted with visitors about neighborhood history and even Senator Paul Simon stopped by with Ardell Nichols!

The Senator reminded us that he himself is an avid historian and has written several books on historical topics. Senator Simon and his wife Jeanne have graciously sent in a contribution to our society.

The wind on the day of the “fest” made our display a little shaky, making it clear that we really do need a better portable display. That item is now #1 on the WISH LIST (published in our last newsletter issue).

Two of “Santa’s helpers” have already responded to our WISH LIST. Dorothy Johnson, a new member of EHS, has located a photocopy machine that may suit our needs for a while. Jay Burris, another new member from the northwest corner of Edgewater, has offered to photograph the changes on our city streets. Priority one is the Broadway-Berwyn area. Number two is the 6300 block of Winthrop, where Loyola University is tearing down three apartment buildings in order to build a residence hall.

We are eagerly looking forward to our first Annual Edgewater Home Tour on September 17, but we still need people in each home to provide security and assist with the tour. If you can help on that day, please call JoAnn Holmes.

Congratulations in advance to JoAnn and the House Tour Committee. The tour is going to be a grand event!