• I-House from the Beginning

    I-House from the Beginning

    The Hyde Park Historical Society has organized a panel on the history of International House. It’s next Sunday, March 13, at 2 PM, at the HPHS Headquarters: 5529 S. Lake Park. I-House has been in the news recently because of the university’s plan to change its student composition. But the building is interesting for lots of reasons:
  • HPHS Book Club March 21

    HPHS Book Club March 21

    Hi Book Club Members and Friends, Thanks for coming last month on February 15th, and special thanks to the current and former residents of Harper Avenue who contributed so much to the discussion of Rosalie Villas. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 21 and the theme will be Barry Kritzberg’s novels. Barry will join us of the discussion. A bibliography is included.
  • Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner 2016

    Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner 2016

    The 2016 Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner includes: The 2016 Paul Cornell Award, The 2016 Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award, THe 2016 Jean F. Block Award, with Guest Speaker Jay Mulberry.
  • Hyde Park Center:

    Hyde Park Center:

    The section of Hyde Park between 53rd and 55th Streets, and between Harper and Woodlawn Avenue, is the oldest part of our neighborhood. It is also the most modest, the most urban, the most “renewed” – and the least appreciated. After the Chicago fire of 1871 Hyde Park Center grew quickly. Close to the Illinois Central commuter station at 53rd and Lake Park and to the 55th Street cable car line, it offered convenient and inexpensive transport for middle and lower class workers to the new jobs in the Loop to the north, the steel mills to the south and the Stock Yards to the west.
  • Hyde Park Historical Society named Best of Hyde Park 2015

    Hyde Park Historical Society named Best of Hyde Park 2015

    The following is an excerpt from the article “Best of Hyde Park & Kenwood 2015″ appearing in the South Side Weekly.

    We first encountered the Hyde Park Historical Society while wandering around the back end of the ComEd substation on 56th and Harper. It’s […]

  • Lincoln’s Hyde Park

    Lincoln’s Hyde Park

    By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS

    During the hot summer of 1865 the widow Lincoln did much of nothing. She chose the Hyde Park House as a place of refuge following her husband’s assassination, spending her days contemplating the waves of Lake Michigan and walking through the […]

Hyde Park History

Hyde Park Historical Society Headquarters

By |May 5th, 2015|

Hyde Park Historical Society is housed in a building which originally was a waiting room for cable car personnel.

The small, neat brick building which houses the Hyde Park Historical Society began life as a waiting […]

The History of Hyde Park

By |April 30th, 2015|

The history of Hyde Park begins with the arrival in Chicago of a young lawyer, Paul Cornell. He was descended from a family which first arrived in the “New World” in 1638. His cousin, Ezra […]

Shoreland

By |March 4th, 2015|

Opening in 1926, the Shoreland hosted distinguished guests like Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and Al Capone, as well as the University’s own Milton Friedman (A.M. ’33) during its time as a hotel. It was an […]

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Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner 2016

The 2016 Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner includes: The 2016 Paul Cornell Award, The 2016 Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award, THe 2016 Jean F. Block Award, with Guest Speaker Jay Mulberry.
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HPHS 2015 Annual Gala

Program Master of Ceremonies, Jay Mulberry President’s Report, Michal Safar Tribute to Devereux Bowly, Clyde Watkins 2015 Paul Cornell Award Neil Harris for enriching the cultural life of Hyde Park Presented by Ruth Knack 2015 Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award
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Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2015

Neil Harris

Neil Harris has spent much of his academic career recording the history of the […]

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Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2014

Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel.

The first award was presented to MAC Property Management for […]

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