We had a chance to check out the new exhibit, Voices of Edgewater, which opened at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum this weekend. If you are interested in learning more about our history as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, head on over there. It is cool.
The exhibit has been over a year in the making. They are located at 5358 N. Ashland Ave. (Balmoral at Ashland), Chicago, IL 60640. The Museum is open 1-4 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and for special events. Admission to the Museum is always free, but donations are accepted.
Voices of Edgewater is a major exhibit on immigration in Edgewater. It includes the stories, oral histories. artifacts, photos, textiles, maps and census statistics of the many waves of immigrants who settled in Edgewater.
Even before its founding in 1889, Edgewater had been home to immigrants. The first permanent settlers came from Luxembourg and Germany in the 1840’s establishing celery farms. From these beginnings Edgewater grew into a community which embraced diversity as it became the greatest port of entry for immigrants in Chicago. Over the years, Edgewater’s immigration demographics have changed as the mix evolved. Why would someone leave their home country to venture to our community on Chicago’s north side? What factors contributed to Edgewater’s preeminence as an immigrant destination? As the flood of immigrants and refugees continue, how will Edgewater continue to welcome them and respond to a need for support that is greater than ever?” – Edgewater Historical Society