Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

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The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society has been preserving and promoting the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge since 1975. The Society holds educational programs, protects and maintains a collection of documents, artifacts, and photographs, and publishes a quarterly newsletter. For more information about the Society, please visit www.rpwrhs.org.

Join a worldwide movement to document history. Email your thoughts or photos of Rogers Park/West Ridge during the pandem...
05/18/2020
Capturing images of daily life has future importance

Join a worldwide movement to document history. Email your thoughts or photos of Rogers Park/West Ridge during the pandemic to [email protected] to add to the record of how our community is experiencing the pandemic!

— Artist Obi Uwakwe was driving through Chicago’s empty streets, camera on his lap to document life during COVID-19, when he saw something that made him stop: a casket being carried out of a church while a few mourners stood by, their faces covered.

Interesting look at "working from home"
05/17/2020

Interesting look at "working from home"

Working from “Home” – What a 19th Century Historic House Can Tell Us Now - and other news from the Willard House and WCTU Archives

We're collecting stories from the community now, for use later as a record of our collective experience of the Covid-19 ...
04/29/2020
Tell Us Your Pandemic Story

We're collecting stories from the community now, for use later as a record of our collective experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. For more details, see https://rpwrhs.org/program/tell-us-your-pandemic-story/. We're looking forward to hearing from everyone, so we can document our whole community's story.

A century ago, the Spanish Flu raged across the world, but we know very little about how it affected the people of Rogers Park and West Ridge. Today, the Covid-19 Pandemic is changing life as we kn…

03/16/2020

Juneway Terrace

Fascinating look at Rogers Park from ultra local geography expert, Larry Shure.
03/08/2020

Fascinating look at Rogers Park from ultra local geography expert, Larry Shure.

Enjoying a sunny Spring day with all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers as we learn about the successes and proj...
03/08/2020

Enjoying a sunny Spring day with all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers as we learn about the successes and projects of the past year.

Special thanks to Glenna, Julie and Allyson for all of their hard work on transferring our archives. Great job ladies!
03/08/2020

Special thanks to Glenna, Julie and Allyson for all of their hard work on transferring our archives. Great job ladies!

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7363 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL
60626

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(773) 764-4078

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In the late 1950's there was a tavern at 3135 Devon called the Skip Inn. (or In) How would I go about finding information or pictures?
Hello Rogers Park History Buffs! There is a new novel out that is loosely based on an orphan's story in the Angel Guardian's Orphanage located at Devon and Ridge (1865-1973). It's by Laura Ruby (my wife) called Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. It's a young adult novel (fiction) loosely based on the time that my mom, Aunt and Uncle grew up there 1930-1945. It weaves through the Orphanage, the north side of Chicago, the Great Depression, WW II. I thought this might have some interest to West Ridge history buffs, especially since its based on a true story. I did a ton of research, getting a lot of records from the Chicago Archdiocese, and also have a good # of photos from when they were in the orphanage. The book just came out Oct 1. It should be in most local libraries and bookstores. Here's a link to the Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/GgtEyH5WAvw and the website for the book: www.lauraruby.com enjoy!
Here's an interesting 1939 topographic map of the area. You can orient yourself by finding Edgewater golf club which is now Warren Park. From there, you can see the small lagoon in Indian Boundary Park. But take a look a little more north to see what would be Rogers Park and the large pond that existed there. The city acquired the park in 1947. Rogers Park school was built in 1937.
Something special I acquired.
My holy grail! Lyman Budlong was a fascinating person.
Via Vibecke Knudtzon Gausel: "My grandfather (from Norway) lived and worked as a building engineer in Chicago between 1926-1930. He photographed over 200 photos of the city. I appreciate comments." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2330828560521359&set=oa.1894565583976942&type=3&theater
RPWRHS was amazing resource for my forthcoming documentary ROY'S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD'S CHICAGO, and several photos from their collection appear in the film. We just dropped our first official trailer! Check it out and I hope you'll consider supporting the project--thank you!
The Rogers Park Methodist Episcopal church at Greenleaf and Ashland burned in a fire circa 1970. The congregation then merged with the Rogers Park Congregational (now the United church) church at Morse and Ashland.
Rogers Park Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, at the corner of Greenleaf and Ashland. I think this was the church that burned down circa 1970. It later merged with the Congregational (now United Methodist) church on Morse and Ashland.
I own this postcard. I've had it for years and just found it again in an old file. It's from 1911. I'm not sure, but I imagine Lovers Walk to be along Rogers where Pottawatomie Park is today.