Chicago's Motor Rows (Past)

Broadway Motor SalesA Visual Presentation by Erica Ruggiero
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library

In the early 20th Century, Chicago was a national hub of automobile commerce – home to the country’s largest concentration of car and truck dealers along South Michigan Avenue’s Motor Row. Smaller hubs flourished in neighborhoods, including Edgewater, which was home to the North Side Motor Row. Join Preservation Chicago’s Erica Ruggiero on a photo tour of these, sometimes grand, remnants of automobile commerce – back when cars and trucks were new and everyone was buying. Click here for a flyer.

2014 Austin Wyman Lecture (Past)

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.

Open House Chicago 2014 (Past)

Open House ChicagoThe Edgewater Historical Society is a Community Partner of Open House Chicago 2014 and the EHS Museum will be open extended hours (from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.) on October 18‑19. Here is the list of Edgewater sites with links to the Open House Chicago website:

Plein Air Painters Exhibit (Past)

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.

The Great Chicago Fire (Past)

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.

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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