Tag Archive for Hyde Park Historical Society

49th Street Shipwreck

On July 15, 1914, two hundred University of Chicago students stood on the shore of Lake Michigan to watch a ship pull in. Or perhaps they were on board the ship itself–nautical history lends itself to fantastic lore. Either way,…

The man of stone

Built into the raised divider that separates S. Lake Park Ave. from the Metra, the Hyde Park Historical Society itself is a testament to the bygone. Originally a waiting room for cable cars, the small redbrick building is furnished with…

Good Haunts

[nggallery id=35] When Paul Cornell purchased the land that would become the future site of Hyde Park Township, he had a plan. According to Lee Bey, the architecture critic who spoke in front of the Hyde Park Historical Society last…

The good old days

Last Sunday, the Hyde Park Historical Society invited some of the area’s most senior denizens to share accounts of their neighborhood as it once was. Filling the pews of the Augustana Church at 55th and Woodlawn Avenue, the event, titled “Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: Remember the Good Old Days In and Around Hyde Park,” was organized and moderated by Lala Rodgers and Kathy Huff, co-chairs of the group’s oral history committee.

Diggin’ the White City

The ceiling rumbled over a packed audience as a train ran on the Metra line over Lake Park Avenue. Those who hadn’t ducked in from the bitter January cold early enough to grab a seat were squeezed along the walls of the smart little brick building by the tracks that now serves as the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) headquarters.

Making Hyde Park

Development in Hyde Park has been a contentious issue since the urban renewal of the 1950s, and judging by the crowd at the panel discussion “Making Hyde Park: Development in our Community,” it’s as hot a topic as ever. Over…