Neighborhood History: What Makes a Neighborhood, Anyway?

Well this looks right up our alley.

“With the advent of social media, the internet and global “communities” of interest, is the
geographic neighborhood still an important distinction in our lives?”

More wonderful exhibits & events about our neighborhood from the Edgewater Historical Society. Mark your calendar!

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Professor Ann Durkin Keating
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Broadway Armory Park – 5917 N. Broadway

“Join us to explore the important questions of what makes up community identity, with
Professor Ann Keating Durkin, who has written extensively on the history of Chicago’s
neighborhoods — a great context to also consider Edgewater’s past and future.

The Edgewater Community Area has a population of 56,521 with 15 block club
neighborhoods and with a strong condo association presence on Sheridan Road. We coexist
within a mere 1.5 square miles, with one of the highest densities in the city, yet we still have
individual neighborhood identities, and there is still a strong historic identity as Edgewater.
With the advent of social media, the internet and global “communities” of interest, is the
geographic neighborhood still an important distinction in our lives? Will parishes, local schools
and block clubs continue to be the backbone of our community infrastructures?

Dr. Keating holds the Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professorship at North Central College,
where she is a history professor and chair of the History Department. Co-Editor of The
Encyclopedia of Chicago, Dr. Keating has authored several books on Chicago’s
neighborhoods and suburbs, including:

Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide

Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age

Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis

Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago

3 Comments on “Neighborhood History: What Makes a Neighborhood, Anyway?

  1. Pingback: Weekend in the Hood: Exploring Your Neighborhood Identity | Edgewater Glen Daily

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