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Alice Lucille Tregay (Hicks) was born November 14, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois. She is one of three siblings; she has three children with her husband James Tregay, and has six grandchildren. She attending Evanston Township High School and later graduated from Roosevelt University. Throughout her life, Tregay was known as a political activist, advocating for civil rights issues. She worked
The Evanston Clarion was a newspaper published in Evanston, Illinois from 1994 to 1999. It reported on community events, news, culture, arts, and sports. Each issue in this collection specifically contains an article on African-American history in Evanston, Illinois written by Morris E. (Dino) Robinson, Jr., prior to his founding of Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston.
The Evanston Community Development Corporation was founded in July 1975. It worked to foster and coordinate community rehabilitation of residential and commercial areas, eliminate deteriorating sections of the city's African-American community, and engender economic development in the city of Evanston, Illinois. The Evanston Community Development Corporation disbanded in the 1990s. The collection covers the organizational history including meetings, proposals, resolutions,
Founded by life-long Evanston, Illinois resident Melvin S. Smith in 1941, the Evanston Newsette covered the African-American experience on the Illinois North Shore and the life of former Evanston residents living outside Illinois. Published by Smith, the weekly newspaper ran from 1941 to 1942, when it went on hiatus, and resumed in 1946, continuing until 1950. The Evanston Newsette publications
The Evanston Sentinel is a free newspaper published and edited by Bennett Johnson. Published monthly, it focuses on national and local politics, Evanston community news and events. The collection contains a near-complete run of the publication's issues from 2000 to 2012.
The Evanston-area Lifestyle Publications collection is comprised of issues of local interest magazines, Exposure and What's Happening. Published monthly, these publications report on community happenings, local activities, music, church, and business news.
Foster School was a de facto segregated public school in Evanston, Illinois. Opened in 1905, Foster School began with a one hundred percent white student body and faculty, but demographics began to shift, and by 1945, it was nearly one hundred percent African-American. In 1976, the school was closed. The Foster School Reunion collection includes Reunion Committee meeting minutes, Foster
Eunice Harper Winston married William Harper and had three daughters, Effie, Carrie, and Sarah, before moving to Evanston, IL. Effie married Fred Brooks and had two sons, Fred Jr. and Lawrence (Larry). The Harper Family Collection consists of correspondence, figure drawings, photographs, wedding invitations, memorial folders, a beauty culturist license, business cards, a book of parables, and several yearbooks.
The Heritage was the official publication of the African History and Culture Club in Evanston, Illinois. Established in 1998 by four members of the African History and Culture Club, it was published bi-monthly as the club's official publication from 1998 to 2000. The collection consists of a full three-year run and is arranged chronologically by publication date.
Lun Ye Crimm Barefield was the College and Career Center Coordinator at Evanston Township High School from 1977 to 2000. Her husband, Morris Barefield, was a math teacher and was the first African-American teacher at New Trier High School. The Lun Ye Crimm Barefield Collection spans from the 1940’s to 2005, and consists of newspaper clippings, historical memorabilia, photographs, and
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909, “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” After the establishment of the national organization, smaller chapters were formed to provide a sense of community and belonging to the larger entity. Founded in 1928, the Evanston
The Links, Incorporated is an African American professional women's organization founded in 1946 with chapters throughout the United States. The North Shore Illinois Chapter of the Links, Inc. was established in 1972, encompassing members in Chicago's suburban northern and northwest suburbs. The collection was assembled by Shorefront Legacy Center with the majority of the collection coming from North Shore Links
The Obituary and Funeral Program collection is comprised of almost 1200 African American obituaries, funeral programs, funeral hymns, and thank you cards and letters from Evanston and the North Shore area. A database of the holdings is available onsite at Shorefront Legacy Center for use by researchers. The materials span from 1941 to 2012.
On August 15, 1907, the Pride of the North Chapter No. 61, Order of the Eastern Star was granted its charter from the Eureka Grand Chapter of Illinois. The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world with both male and female membership, with over 500,000 members. Formed in 1876, the Order of the Eastern
Shorefront Legacy Center began as a response to a lack of documentation concerning the African-American experience in and around Evanston, Illinois's North Shore. Shorefront seeks to promote, preserve, educate, and offer and outlet for research of local African-American history. As part of this mission, the Center has produced, and continues to produce, several publications related to its efforts. The collection
Sigma Pi Phi is a post-collegiate African-American fraternity that was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1904. It was the first African-American Greek-lettered organization formed in the United States. The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Alpha Boulé chapter was founded in Evanston, Illinois in January of 1990 to promote and continue the fraternal philosophy on a local level. This chapter encompassed
The Social and Civic Clubs and Organizations collection is comprised of files, compiled by Shorefront Legacy Center, documenting the history, events, and members of Illinois' North Shore, African-American clubs and organizations.
The Suburbanites Social and Civic Club was a non-profit African-American women’s club in Evanston, Illinois. The Suburbanites Social and Civic Club collection spans from 1965 to 1978, and consists of photographs, artifacts, and meeting information.
In 1972, Chicago native Wayne D. Watson (1945- ) earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While there he studied the history of the local African American experience through conducting oral histories and gathering copies of primary material. The Wayne D. Watson Dissertation Files are comprised of research files pertaining to Dr. Watson's research conducted between 1969 and
Organized in 1961 in Evanston, Illinois, West End Block Club was a neighborhood organization that focused on general relaying and resolving neighborhood concerns, such as park maintenance, too many one way streets, traffic lights, and public safety on the West side of the Evanston, Illinois.
The Women's Auxiliary of Community Hospital of Evanston, Illinois was a self-governing organization started in 1939 by Dr. Elizabeth Webb Hill. It worked in cooperation with the Community Hospital of Evanston's Administrator and Board of Directors to advance interest in the hospital and its patients through fund raising, volunteering, and providing the community with better understanding of the hospital's programs
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate, African-American fraternal organization for men, was formed at Cornell in 1906 to promote and defend African-American civil rights. The Zeta Xi Lambda chapter was formed in Evanston, Illinois in 1956. The Zeta Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Collection spans from 1942 to 1997 and contains information relating to