March 2018 Exhibit

March is National Women’s History Month!

Ridge Historical Society is pleased to present a Women’s History exhibit: “Nevertheless She Persisted”, to open on Thursday, March 8th -- International Women’s Day.

The RHS exhibit, prepared in partnership with GFWC IL Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club, takes its title from the 2018 National Women’s History Month theme: “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women”. The theme was designated by the National Women’s History Project (

The exhibit will include items from the Morgan Park Juniors’ “Honoring Our Heritage” project. The Juniors started their project in 2011 and modeled it on Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” installation, an icon of 1970’s feminist art which is now in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Club members selected as subjects notable women who interested them, researched their contributions and accomplishments, presented short biographical essays to the Club, and created place settings in their honor. Their subjects include well-known figures like Jane Addams and Eleanor Roosevelt as well as women who made lasting contributions to our local community.

Sixteen of the place settings created by the Juniors will be displayed in thematic groups, along with biographical sketches and interpretive material. The place settings evoke the accomplishments or significance of each woman and , along with accompanying materials, they depict how we can be informed by each woman; how their work and persistence affects us now; what contributions each subject made to improving society; how they were challenged by their gender and status; and how they inspired others.

Thematic groupings include: Trailblazers and Mentors; Activists and Social Reformers; Women in the Peace movement; the Women’s History movement; Women in the Skies; Gender and Race in Civil Rights; and Clubwomen.

The exhibit will open formally on International Women’s Day, Thursday , March 8th, with casual viewing from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm. An introductory presentation by club members will be given at 3:00 pm. A preview of selected groupings will be part of the RHS Annual Meeting on February 25, 2:00 pm. It will be available the entire month of March.



Sunday April 29, 2:00pm
Spring Tea
Featuring gowns and accessories from the collection.
Reservations Required

Sunday May 6, 2:00pm
Romancing the Spoon
The Victorian Love Affair with Silver with Cynthia Ogorek.
Reservations Recommended.


RHS is seeking volunteers to help with the backlog of research request and history inquires. Are you interested in local history or enjoy solving mysterious? Know anyone who is?
Please contact the RHS office at 773-881-1675 or

Click here for RHS Volunteer Application Form 2017