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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.

2014 Edgewater Living Treasures (Past)

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, we will be honoring the recipients of our 2014 Living Treasures of Edgewater award. They are Diane Aitken, Marge Britton, Arloa Sutter and Tracy Van Duinen. Join us at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) to learn how they have contributed to our community.

There will be a panel discussion on volunteering, chaired by EHS President Robert Remer and the Hon. Marion Volini. There will also be a performance by the Edgewater Singers to honor their director, Diane Aitkin.

Refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us to thank our awardees for their contribution to making Edgewater a good place to live.

Edgewater's First Chicago Mayor (Past)

The next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be June 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The book to be discussed is "The Mayor Who Cleaned Up Chicago: A Political Biography of William E. Dever" by John R. Schmidt (Northern Illinois University Press, 1989). Click here for more information.

Chicago Magic Presentation (Past)

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, the Edgewater Historical Society will host a program and author signing for Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle (History Press) by David Witter.

The program is free and light refreshments will be available. A limited number of copies of Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle will be available for purchase after the program. Click here for more information.

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner (Past)

Motoring through Edgewater

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
from 6-9 p.m.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
6120 N. Broadway, Chicago
Donation: $50 ($60 at the door)

Come celebrate with us at our annual Spring Benefit Dinner as we Motor Through Edgewater. A look at the passage into the automobile culture – the fabulous cars and brands of times gone by. Click here to register online.

2014 Annual Meeting (Past)

Ward MillerThe Edgewater Historical Society is pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway).

As we enter our 26th year, we look forward to updating you on our successful 25th year, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors, telling you about plans for 2014, and holding a stimulating conversation about preservation and development.

With three landmark districts and positive signs of coming commercial developments, what does the future hold for Edgewater? Our guest speaker will be Ward Miller, President and Executive Director of Preservation Chicago.

Living Treasures of Edgewater (Past)

The current Museum exhibit is Living Treasures of Edgewater: Celebrating Diversity and Building Community. The Edgewater Living Treasures exhibit honors those people who have made a difference – some in a profound, fundamental way, and others in a small but significant action that has affected the well being of the Edgewater community. Their deeds were not driven by personal gain, but to help the people of the community in some way – whether generating beauty, fostering harmony, helping the less fortunate or encouraging grass roots activity. These Living Treasures have helped create public spaces and organizations and they have imparted values which both celebrate diversity and build community. Click here for more information.

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