February Event:

Martha Jo Black to Speak at RHS

In honor of Black History Month, Martha Jo Black, co-author of the recently published book Joe Black: More than a Dodger, will be speaking at the Ridge Historical Society about her father and the integration of professional baseball.

This event is sponsored by RHS and E U of the PEO Sisterhood and will take place on Wednesday, February 24th at 2 pm.
The cost is $5 to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Louise Barwick paintings on exhibit at RHS

Louise Barwick was an artist and teacher who called the Ridge home for many years. She was a descendant of Chicago pioneer families. Her watercolor paintings depicting local scenes from 1895-1905 are currently on exhibit at RHS, and Miss Barwick is the topic of the Winter RHS Record which will soon be received by members. For information on visiting RHS to view the Barwick paintings, contact the RHS office at 773/881-1675, or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

“Western Avenue looking south from 110th Street, ca. 1900,” shows a rural dirt road. Western Ave. wouldn’t be paved until the 1920s.  Photo by C. Flynn.
“Belmont train station” shows the original 107th Street train station. Photo by C. Flynn.

December, 2015

Dear Members and Friends,

The important work of the Ridge Historical Society would be difficult to continue without your generosity and support. In all Chicagoland and across the country, RHS is the go to place for historical information on the communities of the Ridge. We welcome donors and searchers form everywhere, some with connections to the community, others who are just discovering this part of the world. Whatever it may be, RHS is closest to the history, the personalities, the businesses, the institutions, the facts and the legends which tell the story of the Ridge.

We’d like to share some comments from our supporters which reflect the variety and scope of interest in our history. It is challenging. It is interesting. It is instructive. It is never dull. Without your help, we could not accomplish this work, preserve the collection and maintain the Graver-Driscoll House.

I know you receive many appeals, but I hope at this time of year, you will put your support close to home. Use the enclosed envelope to make your donation. Ridge historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Again, we appreciate your support.


Edris Hoover, President

Click here for Patron Comments . . . 

Welcome Jessica Gradolf

I want to take a moment to introduce myself as RHS's new office assistant!

I am a life long Beverly resident, with long family ties to the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhoods. I went to St. Barnabas and Mother McAuley (class of '09), then I traveled down to the University of Mississippi for college, where I received a BA in English and Classics (Latin focus).

I am currently working on a Master's of Information and Library Science from the University of Illinois, through their online LEEP program.

I loved growing up in Beverly and am very excited to learn more about the history of this area while working with a historical society I have come to admire over the years. I've always loved the Graver-Driscoll house, and thrilled by opportunity to spend time here!

That's just a little bit about myself, looking forward to meeting you.

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Thank You!

We would like to thank the following people for their
2015 membership
and for their
continued support
of the
Ridge Historical Soceity

Thank you all
so much!

Donald J. & Barbara G. Akers
Kenneth & Cathy Majeske
Mary Brandt
Mati and Kathy Maldre
Marilyn Breen
James Matthews
Anna-Marie Brodsky
Gretchen L. McDowell
Larry G. & Nancy Brown
John and Mary Meany
Eugene Broyls
Linda Miller
Joanna Burnet
Joel P. & Shirley R. Morbito
Patricia Carroll
William Nesbit
Susan Cunningham
Dan Nichols
Philip & Mary Doran
Joseph & Martha O'Connor
Paula Everett
Nancy & Jack O'Donnell
Nancy Flannery
Kurt & Mary Quinn Olsson
Carol Flynn
Peggy Antonides Papp
Norma J. Flynn
Patrick  Racey
Joseph & Mary Ann Furlong
John Richert
Willetta Gary
Charles A. Rita
Susan Burnet & Maurice Givens
Jean & Bill Robinson
Lois V. Grayston
Toni Romeo
Sidney & Grace Hamper
Herman & Lois Schell
Fred & Carol Haw
Jean Lane Shannon
James & Margaret Hilburger
Michael J. & Sheila Sise
Jeanne & Earl Hokens
Susan Snow
Edris & Steve Hoover
Suzanne Smith
Wendell A. & Margaret Kapustiak
Elaine Spencer
Thomas & Joan Kelly
Clifford Taylor
Norman and Karen "Penny" Kerr
Tom Thayer
Eileen Klees
Barbara Thompson
Joan L. Klenk
Mary Ellen Tatro-Mendoze
Linda Lane
Cheryl Tully
Rosemarie Lebensorger
Matt & Lisa Walsh
Florence F. Lorance
Anna Wassenaar
Carol Ann Macola Fran Zimmerman
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