• The History of Hyde Park

    The History of Hyde Park

    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 Cornell, was the founder of Cornell University. Cornell saw the […]

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    Ferris Wheel in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

    The Society is delighted to present this wonderful description of the Life and Death of Chicago’s great Ferris Wheel of 1893. It was written by Patrick Meehan in 1964 while he was a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of British Columbia. His […]

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HPHS Annual Holiday Party

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting its annual holiday party, Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the HPHS headquarters, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. Festive […]

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HPHS Book Club Monday, January 16

November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Next Meetings Monday, November 21st at 7:30 pm, The Manhattan Project. Caroline Herzen-berg, co-author of Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project will be joining us. Bibliography attached— Attached the two bibliographies that were handed out on Professor Culianu and the Manhattan Project.
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HPHS 2017 PAUL CORNELL AWARD Nomination form

October 30th, 2016|0 Comments

HYDE PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2017 PAUL CORNELL AWARD Nomination form

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. This award recognizes individuals […]

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Hyde Park Center:

November 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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.
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Hyde Park Historical Society Headquarters

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

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

April 10th, 2015|0 Comments

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the neighborhood of Hyde Park in […]

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History of Hyde Park by A.T. Andreas

May 19th, 2015|0 Comments

History of Cook County/History of Hyde Park by A.T. Andreas

by A.T. Andreas

BOUNDARIES AND EXTENT The act of incorporation approved February 20 1861 separated the town of Hyde Park from the town of Lake and made the town of Hyde Park to comprise all of fractional Sections 2 I1 12 13 24 the east half of Sections 3 r0 15 22 27 34 all of Sections 14 23 25 26 35 36 in Township 38 north Range r4 east also fractional Sections I9 29 3o 32 and Section 31 all in […]

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Lincoln’s Hyde Park

May 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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 nearby park. Mary Todd Lincoln saw almost no one, and remarked she did not have “sufficient courage, to receive but very few,” of her friends.

On April 21 of that year, the train carrying the coffin of President Abraham Lincoln left Washington, D.C. The shattering news […]

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HPHS Annual Dinner Invitation 2017

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Join us at the HPHS Annual Dinner 2017!
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HPHS Annual Holiday Party

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting its annual holiday party, Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the HPHS headquarters, 5529 […]

  • Book-Club

HPHS Book Club Monday, January 16

November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Next Meetings Monday, November 21st at 7:30 pm, The Manhattan Project. Caroline Herzen-berg, co-author of Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project will be joining us. Bibliography attached— Attached the two bibliographies that were handed out on Professor Culianu and the Manhattan Project.
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Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House
Sunday, November 6, 2016
2-4 PM
 

The Hyde Park Historical Society invites you to join us for another open house. Come and learn the history of […]