Previous Events

An Afternoon Outing with the Hyde Park Historical Society

Our destination: the two inns restored by the late Dev Bowly (a founder and longtime supporter of the historical society). The area has long been a second-home mecca for Hyde Parkers, including many University of Chicago faculty members.

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?

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 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.

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

Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2015

2015 Paul Cornell Award Neil Harris Neil Harris has spent much of his academic career recording the history of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, and making it accessible to his students and the broader public. He has actively promoted local history and education by participating in all sorts of programs and panels. His impressive title, [...]

Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2014

Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Shoreland The first award was presented to MAC Property Management for the redevelopment of the historic Shoreland Hotel. 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 [...]