From the President

Vol. XIX No. 2 - SUMMER 2008

By: Betty Mayian

Greetings from the two former Presidents who are proud of our time serving this wonderful organization. We are looking for more board members and we would be happy to have more Edgewater people join this board and participate in this wonderful community project, the preservation of community history.

Here’s some info on some of our upcoming programs:

We are continuing our exhibit of the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair of Chicago. It is quite interesting to all Chicagoans, so we are featuring it even though we are Edgewater. Bob Remer has hosted this exhibit.

November 22nd from 2 to 3 p.m. will be the third of three Saturday afternoon programs featuring old time radio shows, performed by the “Those Were the Days Radio Players, Chicago North.” The shows are not final yet, but they will be wonderful, as usual. There will be coffee and cookies and the program is free, but donations are welcome. Come one, come all!

For 2009, I have in mind a project that could be quite involving and ask you to give it your consideration. Do you remember our DVD program “Edgewater Through the Eyes of Experience”? It has been so well accepted and appreciated that several requests have been received for us to do another. This could become a project for 2009. Any ideas? It would involve some oral histories and a special collection of photos. Please send any thoughts through our website or by mail to the museum.

By: Kathy Gemperle

Thanks to all who participated in the Twentieth Anniversary celebration on April 18 at the Edgewater Beach Apartments poolside room. What a perfect setting for our Yacht Club theme from the old days of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. A wonderful time was had by all!

Thanks to Sam Fazio and Andy deFuniak for presenting the best Silent Auction yet. They have decided to retire from active duty, but are willing to get the next volunteers started. Interested? Check in with us in the Fall.

The special Chair exhibit came to a close on June 7th at our museum, with many thoughtful responses to the exhibit objects. We may do this again…

Looking ahead, we are excited about our 20th annual Home Tour this year, which will feature the North Edgewater area, one of the oldest sections in the community. The homes are on land that was once part of the Kransz farm that was sold off early, in the 1890s. Some of the homes were built by S.E. Gross in 1903, and some earlier. It will be a short walk this year because the tour begins at St. Gertrude’s Church and ends further north on Glenwood.

Did you happen to see a lady in a red hat leading a group of 50 young people on a tour of the Bryn Mawr Historic District? It was 90 degrees in the shade, thus I needed the hat. The students were from the Rickover Naval Academy and this was one of their pre entrance activities. The highlight of the trip may have been the ending at the Bricolage and meeting the directors of that project, Tracy Van Duinen and Todd Osbourne. On the way back was a stopover at Anna Held for some ice cream. I enjoyed giving the tour and I think the students enjoyed it. We hope they make a great start for their freshman year.