An Archive, an Alderman, and Activism: Perspectives on the Historic Lakewood-Balmoral Neighborhood
An Archive, an Alderman, and Activism: Perspectives on the Historic Lakewood-Balmoral Neighborhood sparked thought-provoking discussion and reflection on November 12th. An audience of about 30 community members and Loyolans met to hear panel presenters Kristin Emery and Mary Ann Smith discussed the intersection of archives, politics, and historic preservation with reference to the Lakewood-Balmoral Historic District in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.
Kristin Emery, a Loyola Public History graduate and former Interim Director of the WLA, spoke about the research she conducted for her Master's Thesis, which focused on the influence of the Lakewood-Balmoral Historic District on the community.
Mary Ann Smith, a Lakewood-Balmoral resident and the former Alderman of Chicago's 48th Ward, spoke about why the district was created and what it has brought to the neighborhood.
The Q&A session and reception that followed gave audience members the opportunity for more in-depth discussion with the speakers and amongst themselves. Memories of the neighborhood before it became a historic district and issues inherent with any historic preservation efforts dominated the discussion.
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