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ETHAN MICHAELI Author of: The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America.


Do you remember the Hyde Park Y.M.C.A. or the old Harper Theatre? Did you shop at the Hyde Park Co-op or at Breslauer’s Department Store? Do you remember dining in restaurants in the old Harper Court Shopping Center?

Around the Block in Kenwood: Hyde Park Historical Society

Join us for today's Around the Block in Kenwood! Chris DeRose (You and Me WCIU Chicago) explores the history of the neighborhood at the Hyde Park Historical Society. Kathy Huff tells us how Hyde Park and Kenwood became linked and President Obama's residency in Hyde Park.

4th on 53rd Street Parade & Picnic with the HPHS

The Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) ​ Encourages all members and friends to march in the July 4th on 53rd Street Parade & Picnic with the HPHS on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016. MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016 at 9 to 10 am (General Assembly) Parade Begins at 11 am [...]

HPHS Best Student Project from 2016 Chicago Metro History Fair

Hyde Park Historical Society 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 25, 2016 Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago Refreshments will be served. Enter side door from parking lot. Meet the winners of the Society's award for the best student projects on the history of Hyde Park Township from the 2016 Chicago Metro History [...]


Please refer to the following info or link below (to the Whole Foods web site) for an announcement of their opening day celebration. The Hyde Park Historical Society will get 1% of all sales on Wednesday- June 22nd as a donation from Whole Foods. The following HPHS Board Members Carol Bradford, Cleveland Holden, and Michal [...]

Hyde Park History Summer 2016 Newsletter

View Summer 2016 Newsletter PDF, or visit the Newsletters page to view back issues.

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:

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 [...]

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 easy to miss the small structure nestled behind the Metra tracks across the street from Maravillas. The old railway station’s shingled roof slopes down toward arched windows surrounded by red-brick walls, giving way to a vintage wooden interior, where antique bookshelves, clocks, and various Hyde Park trinkets like street signs and portraits line the walls.