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Date: 2nd Saturday of each month*
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Sat., March 9, 2024: Cynthia Ogorek discusses her new book, “Hegewisch” (in-person event)

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sat., March 9, 2024:  Cynthia Ogorek, “The Public Historian,” discusses her new book about Chicago’s Hegewisch community.

Cynthia’s presentation will include a summary of the history of Hegewisch from circa 1883 to 1994, a resume of the years of research, the sources she used, and why she wrote the book.  There were many surprises along the way, and she will describe some of them – strange-seeming places to find information and the mystery of Adolf Hegewisch, for whom the “town” is named.  Founded as the company town of the United States Rolling Stock Company, Hegewisch, Illinois, became Chicago’s most remote and isolated neighborhood during the Hyde Park township annexation of 1889.  Surrounded by waterways and railroads, the community is mistaken for an independent town.  In 1989, the entire neighborhood was threatened to be replaced with an airport.
She will end with a Q and A because she finds give-and-take with the audience to be fun.  All of her books will be available for purchase during the program on Saturday, March 9. This program will be in-person only and will not be available via Zoom.

[biography]

Cynthia Ogorek is a public historian and author, now based in Danville, Illinois.  A native of the Calumet Region and a long-time resident of Calumet City, she has specialized in the area’s history, producing a series of four books on the region’s transportation history:  Along the Calumet River (Arcadia 2004), The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago (Arcadia 2008), Along the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Line (Arcadia 2012), and Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad (Arcadia 2016).  In 2023, she published her fifth history book called Hegewisch, which tells the story of that Chicago neighborhood on the city’s southeast side.

Earning her Master’s in U.S. History from Purdue University, she has presented papers on historical topics at the Illinois State Historical Society symposium, the annual conference of the South Suburban Heritage Association, Glessner House, Grouseland (Vincennes, Ind.), and the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio.  She has also produced and given tours of Pullman, the Lincoln Highway, and Michelle Obama’s South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods.

Cynthia was a founding member of the South Suburban Heritage Association and served for many years on the board of the Calumet Heritage Partnership.

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Date:
March 9
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10:00 am - 11:00 am
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SSGHS
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(708) 335-3340
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SSGHS Library
3000 W 170th Place
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
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Phone
708-335-3340
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MEMBERSHIP MEETING PROGRAMS

Date: 2nd Saturday of each month*
Time: 10AM**
Location:
Library, 3000 W. 170th Place  Hazel Crest, IL. 60429**
Cost: FREE to anyone.

*There are no meetings in December or January.
**unless otherwise noted