You are invited to become a member of the Edgewater Historical Society. Dues from our members account for about 25% of our yearly operating budget and play a vital part in supporting the Edgewater Historical Society’s efforts to Remember and Preserve the history of Edgewater. Dues are also used to operate the Society’s Museum which features permanent exhibits about Edgewater as well as changing exhibits about various aspects of life in Edgewater – yesterday and today.

If you have never been a member you can become one at the introductory offer of only $5.00 (good for one year only.)  And you can give a gift membership for the same amount.  We encourage that too.

Perhaps you do not live in Edgewater – that’s okay. We welcome your membership also. We have many members who are living in other parts of the country. Perhaps you lived here once, and would like to continue learning about the history, past and current, of the area. Perhaps you have family or friends living here, or are simply interested in history.

General membership meetings are held during the year featuring lectures not only about Edgewater but Chicago in general. Members vote on important issues involving the Society and Museum as well as elect the Board of Directors.

As a member, you will receive our newsletter, published three or four times a year featuring stories on current exhibits in the museum, interesting articles about Edgewater, old pictures of Edgewater and much more. You will also receive invitations to members only events at the museum, which may include receptions before the opening of a new exhibit, special lectures and advance notice of events which will be open to the public. In addition to the above benefits,

  • A business member will be listed on our website as a supporter of EHS and we will encourage members to patronize your business.
  • An individual patron will be recognized on our website for the year they have supported EHS with their donation.
  • A lifetime member will have their name inscribed on a plaque which is on permanent display in the museum and will be listed on our website. New Lifetime members will be listed in our newsletter.

If you have questions regarding membership, please email us at or leave a message on our voice mail at 773‑506‑4849.

Click here for a membership form (to mail in with a check).

Click here to start/renew your membership online using a credit card.

Click here for volunteer information.

Click here to subscribe to EHS email announcements.

The Edgewater Historical Society is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Donations (including membership dues) are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law for 501(c)(3) organizations.