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Summer 2014
Passenger Pigeons and Chicago
Rascher's Atlas Conservation

Members of Committee and
Alice Chandler - In Memory
Alta M Blakely -
In Memory

Remembering Bert Benade

In Memory

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cago, IL 60637
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  36th anniversary of Hyde Park Historical Society
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Dev Bowley
DEVEREUX BOWLY JR.  (photo credit:  K. Huff)
Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly, Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents. For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Mr. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader, and owner of two historic Michigan resort hotels. Bowly, 71, passed away on Wednesday, August 6th in Michigan City, Indiana due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall. A prolific writer on Chicago history and architecture, his works include "The Poorhouse", a pioneering 1978 book on the history of subsidized housing in the city, and reissued in an updated and expanded version in 2012. A biography of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald was in preparation at the time of his death. Community activities include being one of the founders of the Hyde Park Historical Society and overseeing the conversion of a historic cable car station on Lake Park Avenue as its headquarters. He was also one of the founders of the 57th Street Bookstore, and part of the original docent group organized in 1971 to lead architectural tours for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. A second professional career was as owner of the Gordon Beach Inn and the Lakeside Inn, historic hotels in Union Pier and Lakeside, Michigan. Both were carefully restored and furnished to reflect their early twentieth century charm, and have become popular destinations for vacationers and the Chicago art community. A sister, Judy Zitske of Madison, Wisconsin, survives him. Private interment at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park. Memorial services in Hyde Park and Lakeside will be announced in the future.
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Oral History Committee is currently seeking start-up funding of $7,000 for training interviewers of noted HydeParkers

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PROMONTORY POINT is a facility of the Chicago Park District
Information about Events at Promontory Point can be obtained by Contacting the
Jackson Park Field House, 6401 S. Stony Island, 60637, phone 773-256-0903.

Hyde Park Historical Society Archives Updated and Expanded

The Hyde Park Historical Society is pleased to announce the completion of a year-long project with Special Collections Research Center at Regenstein Library to expand and update the archives.  The publicly available material in the collection has increased from the original 30 boxes, collected and organized by our original Archivist, Jean Block, to 179 boxes.  The added material was largely collected by Emeritus Archivist Stephen A. Treffman and is now organized into a detailed 92 page finding tool, which is available online and 100% searchable.  In addition, the collection of 119 boxes of materials from the Hyde Park Cooperative Society has been organized with a separate finding tool, also available on line.  Finally, the Hyde Park Kenwood Razed Buildings collection finding tool has been revised to include street names and numbers.

Those interested in exploring the archives will find a wealth of fascinating material related to Hyde Park.  Follow the links below to access the finding tools.
Main Collection
Hyde Park Cooperative Society
Hyde Park Kenwood Razed Buildings
Special Collections Research Center  which houses the Hyde Park Historical Society Archives, is open to the public. 

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