Changing the Narrative: African Americans in Evanston
Learn about recent efforts by the City of Evanston to recognize sites and buildings that speak to the role African Americans played in shaping the suburb. This conversation is co-convened by the Evanston History Center, an OHC 2020 community partner.
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Established in 1863, the City of Evanston benefited economically and socially from the contribution of its African American residents—a fact often diminished in, if not excluded entirely from, historical records and narratives.
The City of Evanston recently supported a resolution that was developed by the Shorefront Legacy Center to recognize African American Heritage Sites and the role of African Americans in shaping the Evanston community. While many buildings have not been afforded the formal protection of historic preservation efforts, the community is now committed to recognizing this cultural legacy with historic markers and education.
Dino Robinson and Kris Hartzell will explore some of these sites and discuss new ways to establish and recognize their historical significance beyond established norms.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: KRIS HARTZELL
Kris Hartzell is the Director of Facilities, Visitor Services, and Collections at the Evanston History Center. She directs the preservation and restoration of the Charles Gates Dawes House, a National Historic Landmark and home of the Evanston History Center. She is also the curator of EHC's extensive collection of art, furnishings and artifacts and oversees docent-guided tours of the museum. Kris has a certificate in Historic Preservation from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: MORRIS (DINO) ROBINSON, JR.
Morris (Dino) Robinson, Jr. is the founder and current Executive Director of the Shorefront Legacy Center. Shorefront collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. He is a graduate of Loyola University, with a B.A. in Communication Design and a minor in African American Studies. Outside of his career in advertising and design, his avocation with the creation of Shorefront began in 1995 and has since accumulated over 300 linear feet of archival material illustrating the lives and experience of Blacks on the North Shore for public use.
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