From the President

Vol. IV No. 1 - SUMMER/FALL 1991

By: Kathy Gemperle

I am extremely pleased to share with you the news that our Edgewater Scrapbook has won the SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT award for publications in the 1991 Congress of Illinois Historical Societies and Museums’ (CIHSM) awards competition. The top “superior achievement” rating was also awarded to the Chicago Historical Society and Lake County Museum (how’s THAT for good company!).

Kudos to our newsletter staff and especially our editor, Sandee Remis, for her painstaking effort and devotion to quality.

EHS held its third annual Home Tour on Sunday, September 15. Curiosity seekers got the chance to peer behind the closed doors of several Sheridan Road mansions and landmark homes between Hollywood and Glenlake. The work of three famous architects - George W. Maher, J.E.O. Pridmore and W.C. Zimmerman - was featured. Most of the buildings shown date from around 1910 but one, a special one, dates from 1895. You can read more about them on page 8.

The Edgewater Historical Society will present a special photo exhibition opening on October 26 at the North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan. The exhibit, entitled Edgewater Lenscapes, will focus on historic photos from the EHS collection as well as more recent work by Edgewater’s living photographers. See page 10 for more information.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Society will host a Members Night Party at NLCC on Saturday, November 16, 1991, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will feature a light supper and entertainment. EHS members are invited “free” but must make reservations.

The loan of an old photo for copying is your “free pass” to the party. If you haven’t lived here that long but have a photo of a community event - block party, street fair, parade, etc. - we will accept these too. Some of our members have already earned their free passes. There is a $3.00 charge for those without passes. Non-members who want to attend must either join the Society or bring an historic photo to be copied.

We are also looking for the loan of Edgewater Beach memorabilia. Our small collection of postcards is growing but we are also interested in other things. Please call me if you have or know of something.

Our EHS trolley car T-shirts are a big hit thanks in no small part to the smart color choices of Thom Greene. If you haven’t bought one yet, better hurry… there aren’t many left! Thanks to those of you who helped to sell them throughout the summer at neighborhood fests and the Farmer’s Market on Thorndale.