Edgewater History Program Now on DVD

Vol. XVII No. 3 - FALL 2006

Local history and the modern age have come together with the re-release on DVD of the critically acclaimed history program, “Edgewater: Through the Eyes of Experience.”

This professionally produced 24 minute documentary is a must-have DVD in every current and former resident’s collection. The program is a series of recollections based on the oral histories taken of long time Edgewater residents in 1987. You’ll take a journey back to the time to when Edgewater was just being developed by John Cochran and was a suburb of Chicago. The program follows its progress over the next 100 plus years as it develops into a modern day culturally diverse community.

As you watch the DVD, you’ll travel down the historic streets of Edgewater, including an in-depth look at Andersonville. Hear memories of dancing with your beau at the world renowned Edgewater Beach Hotel. Ride a horse drawn trolley down Sheridan Road as you view the grand old mansions that once lined the street. See the wings on Senn High School being built and learn about some of it’s well known alumni. Hear the sounds of the rag and iron man as his cart clangs down the cobblestone alleyways of Edgewater.

Filled with scores of historic pictures, more current video, a dramatic narrative and a moving music track with enhancing sound effects, watching “Edgewater: Through the Eyes of Experience” will fill you and your family with a sense of history and pride in the neighborhood you’ve grown to love so much. This is true family entertainment.

Nearly everyone involved in the production of “Edgewater: Through the Eyes of Experience” has a connection to the community. The program was directed by Kathryn Gemperle, founder and past president of the Edgewater Historical Society. The program was written by Kathryn Gemperle and Claire Conley, past officer and current member of the EHS. The program was produced, filmed and edited by Bob Solomon, Jr, owner of Skyline Productions and a life long resident of Edgewater (graduated from Swift Elementary and Senn High School). The voices of Kathryn and David Gemperle, Lori Reynolds, Sandra Remis, Claire Conley, Dick Gengler and other current and past residents of Edgewater voice the narrative of the DVD, along with the professional narration of Jeff Davis, former long time announcer on Chicago’s WLS radio, give life to the recollections of current and past area residents such as Reggie Griffin, Rabbi Herman Schaalman, Daniel Castillo, Mary Callaghan, Julia Deutch, George Kalageras, Molly Miller and many others.

This must-have professionally produced DVD program is only available through the Edgewater Historical Society, for a special donation of only $20 per DVD. Or for $15 when remitted along with your yearly dues for a new or renewed membership (you can pick up the DVD at the Museum or, for your convenience, it can mailed anywhere in the country for an additional $5 per copy). “Edgewater: Through the Eyes of Experience” on DVD is a wonderful holiday or anytime gift idea for all current and former neighborhood residents and to send to family and friends and former area residents now living elsewhere.

Please order a copy or two of this special DVD now and enjoy a fantastic visual journey through the history of Edgewater by making your special donation to the Edgewater Historical Society today.