Edgewater Historical Society

Edgewater Historical Society The Edgewater Historical Society was founded in 1988 as a non-profit organization to promote the preservation of historical structures and landmarks within the Edgewater neighborhood.
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Indigenous Peoples' Day Coalition TOWN HALL
05/02/2021
Indigenous Peoples' Day Coalition TOWN HALL

Indigenous Peoples' Day Coalition TOWN HALL

The Indigenous Peoples' Day Coalition gathers to demonstrate Solidarity for Justice (AND ENDING White Supremacy) through this Town Hall

EHS is a strong supporter of house museums. Today Bishop Ford is honored as the City's 1st preservationist. Chicago's ol...
04/30/2021
Bishop Louis Henry Ford, Namesake Of Freeway And Eulogist At Emmett Till’s Funeral, Was Chicago’s 1st Historic Preservationist

EHS is a strong supporter of house museums. Today Bishop Ford is honored as the City's 1st preservationist.
Chicago's oldest house, the 1836 Henry B. Clarke House, was bought by Bishop Ford in 1941 and cared for by Ford and the St. Paul Church of God in Christ until it became a city-run house museum in 1982.

Chicago’s oldest house, the 1836 Henry B. Clarke House, was bought by Bishop Ford in 1941 and cared for by Ford and the St. Paul Church of God in Christ until it became a city-run house museum in 1982.

Incredible story I never knew. My late husband photographed the house being moved for the dept of urban renewal. I was t...
04/30/2021
Bishop Louis Henry Ford, Namesake Of Freeway And Eulogist At Emmett Till’s Funeral, Was Chicago’s 1st Historic Preservationist

Incredible story I never knew. My late husband photographed the house being moved for the dept of urban renewal. I was there the day it was moved to Prairie Ave

Chicago’s oldest house, the 1836 Henry B. Clarke House, was bought by Bishop Ford in 1941 and cared for by Ford and the St. Paul Church of God in Christ until it became a city-run house museum in 1982.

Exposed advertising art at the Bryan Mawr L station
04/30/2021

Exposed advertising art at the Bryan Mawr L station

04/26/2021

If Bridget Gainer is your Cook County Commissioner - PLEASE e-mail and/or call her! We got news that she MIGHT be coming around to a "YES" vote as she's heard from SO many CONSTITUENTS in FAVOR of Cook County changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day! We NEED her YES! PLEASE KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Your e-mail COULD be as simple as (though FEEL FREE to add more/personalize it about WHY you support these bills!):

Dear Commissioner Gainer,
I am a constituent of yours, and I request that you vote YES on File# 21-0565 (to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day) AND File#21-0597 (to read a Land Acknowledgment at Cook County Board Meetings) for Cook County AND the Cook County Forest Preserves! There are MILLIONS of people in Cook County who want this (the current list of supporters is found here: bit.ly/IPD4CookCounty426

Garden gets nicer every day
04/25/2021

Garden gets nicer every day

Hello we're strong and ready to go for our new 2021 re opening. Please become a member to help support our efforts. Than...
04/21/2021
Join or Renew Your Membership Online | Edgewater Historical Society

Hello we're strong and ready to go for our new 2021 re opening. Please become a member to help support our efforts. Thank you!

When you click the "Subscribe" button, you will be taken to a secure PayPal page where you can pay with a PayPal account or a credit-card. Note: You do not have to be a PayPal member (or join) to use this process.

Edgewater Trivia: This Edgewater structure was built as an ice skating rink. Over the years it’s range of activities hav...
04/21/2021
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Edgewater Trivia:
This Edgewater structure was built as an ice skating rink. Over the years it’s range of activities have evolved and expanded. Currently it is Chicago’s only indoor park offering an exceptional array of programs and activities.

http://www.edgewaterhistory.org/ehs/articles/v01-1-8

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More spring flowers
04/16/2021

More spring flowers

More blooms in the garden
04/09/2021

More blooms in the garden

Garden is blooming
04/07/2021

Garden is blooming

Great day
04/07/2021

Great day

04/06/2021
04/03/2021

Did you know that Hillary Clinton was born at Edgewater Hospital and spent her first years living on Winthrop? Or that Frank Lloyd Wright had his first professional job working as a draftsman on the original plans for Edgewater?

Located on 5358 N. Ashland Ave., the Edgewater Historical Society examines Edgewater's past, present, and future. Founded in January of 1988, the goals of the museum are threefold; to involve the community in the research, documentation, collection and preservation of Edgewater history; to promote the study, sharing and enjoyment of that history; and to promote the preservation of landmarks and historical structures.

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03/28/2021

We are reopening April 10, see you soon. Masks required, limited capacity, of course.

Good news, the misguided House Museum ordinace is off the table!  Bad news, the final Uptown Theater developer is out th...
03/23/2021
Developer Drops Out Of Uptown Theatre Project, But Owner Says Plan Still On To Rehab Historic Venue: 'It's Got A Bright Future'

Good news, the misguided House Museum ordinace is off the table! Bad news, the final Uptown Theater developer is out the door.

UPTOWN — One of two main parties working to reopen the Uptown Theatre has backed out of the project, but plans to renovate the historic theater are still in the works, according to the venue’s owner. Farpoint Development is no longer involved in the efforts to revitalize the Uptown Theatre, the ...

This sudden ordinance has come out of nowhere from Alderperson King and until its proven there was a public dialog and w...
03/20/2021
(BPRW) OPPOSITION TO CHICAGO WARD 4 ALDERMAN KING'S ZONING ORDINANCE LIMITING CULTURAL EXHIBITS AND HOUSE MUSEUMS | Black PR Wire, Inc.

This sudden ordinance has come out of nowhere from Alderperson King and until its proven there was a public dialog and what was the trigger, its highly questionable if its for the good of the public or was it a backdoor handshake.

(Black PR Wire) As Proprietor and Developer of Sajdah House(r)  which is the former home of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I strongly oppose any restriction to limit cultural exhibits in residential districts. For over 50 years, C...

Edgewater History
03/11/2021

Edgewater History

Edgewater History

03/09/2021
2021 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers

This challenging year forced museums to close in Chicago. EHS pivoted to alternative ways to serve you through virtual programming and more Edgewater historic information on social media. In coming months, we expect to reopen. We need to understand how to best engage you -- virtually and in person.
To help us do that, we joined in a national survey of museum-goers, sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums. This survey will provide us with answers from you about the Edgewater Historical Society. It will also give us comparative nationwide results. We will share those results in upcoming articles.

The survey takes about 9 minutes to complete, and as a thank you there will be an opportunity for you to win one of four $100 Amazon gift cards! https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6082694/2021-Annual-Survey-of-Museum-Goers?museum=edgewater

If you’re ready, here’s the link again:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6082694/2021-Annual-Survey-of-Museum-Goers?museum=edgewater
Thank you so much for participating.
Edgewater Historical Society and Museum

2021 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers.

Congrats
03/05/2021

Congrats

Congratulations to longtime 48th Ward resident and community activist Killian Walsh for receiving the Unsung Heroine Award from the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues. Killian is a compassionate and committed neighbor, who has dedicated countless hours to helping make Edgewater the special place that it is. It's hard to list everything that Killian has volunteered her time and skills toward over the years, but here are some: Edgewater Environmental Coalition, Cedar Playground PAC, Edgewater Beach Neighbors Association (EBNA), Edgewater Artists In Motion, Edgewater Historical Society, and she is a regular volunteer at community events like EdgeFest and 48th Ward Clean & Green. Please join us in congratulating Killian on this well-deserved honor and recognition!

Why are there two spellings for Andersonville? What difference does a letter make? Share your answer here and check to s...
03/03/2021
Andersonville or Andersenville - What difference does a letter make? | Edgewater Historical Society

Why are there two spellings for Andersonville? What difference does a letter make?

Share your answer here and check to see if your correct here:

http://www.edgewaterhistory.org/ehs/articles/v22-2-5

The answer is: quite a bit, particularly if one is either a Swede or a Norwegian (or an American of either extraction) as “sen” is viewed as indicative of a Norwegian surname and “son” that of a Swedish surname. It makes a difference to us today too, as we want to be historically accurate.

03/02/2021

Happy Women's History Month, Chicago! For the first day of March, we're honoring Chicago's founding woman, Kitihawa.

Kitihawa was a Potawatomi woman who married Jean Baptiste Point DuSable in the late 1700s. She and her husband were responsible for establishing the first permanent, non-indigenous settlement in what is now our great city. Although not much is known of her life before her marriage (the earliest record of her is 1788) and there are no recorded images of her, Kitihawa made significant contributions to the settlement, including constructing a farm and trading post along the Chicago River.

Stay tuned for more #ChiWHM21 updates throughout the month! #ChiWHM21

02/20/2021

What a week, we land on Mars and now preserving a building by moving it. Will you be watching tomorrow?

Fun Fact About Edgewater and Its HistoryWhat was the first land in Edgewater to be subdivided? What was the last land to...
02/06/2021
v25-2 Edgewater Teaser #23 | Edgewater Historical Society

Fun Fact About Edgewater and Its History

What was the first land in Edgewater to be subdivided? What was the last land to be subdivided? (Edgewater extends from the lake to Ravenswood and Foster to Devon.) Answer in the comments then check to see the answer...

http://www.edgewaterhistory.org/ehs/content/v25-2-edgewater-teaser-23

Answer: The first was the Henry Town subdivision bordered on the north by the south side of Peterson, on the east by the west side of Clark, on the south by the north side of Cemetery Drive, and on the west by the Chicago and North Western (now Union Pacific) railroad tracks. It was recorded June 12...

Block Club Chicago
02/06/2021
Block Club Chicago

Block Club Chicago

Built in 1885, the three-flat was one of Wicker Park's last standing balloon-frame buildings, neighbors said.

If you've followed our exhibit about the rising levels of Lake Michigan, "High Water and Hell," you might be interested ...
01/15/2021

If you've followed our exhibit about the rising levels of Lake Michigan, "High Water and Hell," you might be interested in this virtual talk.

When: Jan 28, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time (US and Canada)

The event is free, but registration is required.

Register in advance for this Zoom presentation:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcOCvrTstGNYDE0zGK6lueH5OjqsEa28s

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5358 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL
60640

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(773) 506-4849

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I love this website. Thanks! Wish I had pics, but all I have is wonderful memories.
The recent flooding along the lakefront is reminiscent of the calamities of the 1980s. How much worse can it get? What can be done? To explore these issues and more, visit the Edgewater History Museum this weekend to view the exhibit "High Water and Hell".
For those that are interested, there is a meeting tomorrow to discuss the removal of the historic Town and Tennis Club for new housing at Misericordia.
How the Luxembourgers Changed Chicago Though one of Europe's smallest countries, Luxembourg sent a substantial number of its citizens to Chicago in the mid-to-late 19th Century. These early immigrants were the first settlers of Edgewater and their skills in farming celery and other vegetables gave them an indispensable role in Chicago's early agricultural economy. Starting with a farm located on the current site of Senn High School, Luxembourger farmers created a network of farms and greenhouses that arced from Edgewater and Rogers Park through Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka and Skokie. Their efforts literally transformed the rocky shores of Lake Michigan into lush farmland. Luxembourger-Americans have made numerous other contributions to Chicago - including the design of its City seal and creation of the Cook County Forest Preserve system. On July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, join Kevin Wester, retired executive director of the Luxembourger American Cultural Society, who will give a wide-ranging overview of how this small group had a big impact on Edgewater and the larger Chicago area.
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Hello, I have the honor to represent The Michael Saper Chicago Ephemera Collection. We will be selling the majority at auction this Saturday in Ottawa IL. There are 100's of books, 1,000's of postcards and photographs, advertising, maps, and much more. I thought this might be of interest to you, your staff, or some of your members. We offer a preview on Friday from 10am-6pm and the auction will be Saturday starting at 9am(doors open at 7am). If you can't make it we offer online bidding and shipping. Here is a link to our website and some more information about the auction. If you could please share this with anyone who may be interested the family would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call 815-220-5005 with any questions. Thank you for your time, Matt
Update on the Uptown Theatre. Come by our museum this weekend we're open 1-5pm.
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