See a Selection of our Historic Photos Online We are happy to announce that more than  8,000 digitized images in our photo archive are available for viewing online. Now you can browse our collection or search for photos of specific people, places or events from your computer, phone or tablet. The photos are for viewing […]

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A Renewed Push To Get An Answer from the Chicago Park District Kevin McGurn, speaking on behalf of the RPWRHS Pollard Park Task Force, delivered letters of support to the Chicago Park District Commissioners on April  10, 2024. Among the supporters whose letters were included were three members of the Pollard family, two members of […]

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About 45 map-lovers attended the Living History Program on May 4, 2024 at the Northtown branch library. Living History Program Summary by Dave Kalensky On Saturday, May 4, 2024, the Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society hosted its third Living History Talk of 2024 at the Northtown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.  Living […]

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Sam Ozaki and Harue Kawano Ozaki By Hanna Houser Editor’s Note: The forced removal of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children from the West Coast after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was described at the time as “evacuation” and “internment” and these euphemistic terms continue in use today. In keeping with a campaign by […]

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On May 25, 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 tragically crashed near O’Hare Airport in what remains the deadliest aviation accident to have occurred in the United States. Three siblings from a West Ridge family lost their parents. Kim Jockl, Melody Smith, and Jim Borchers tell the story of losing their parents in their book Safe […]

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