HPHS stories program draws 70

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual stories event brought in over 70 participants this year. The event invites Hyde Parkers to share memories and sometimes mementos, and this year focused on the history and legacy of urban renewal. “Hyde Park Kenwood Stories” is a program of the society’s oral history committee, which conducts interviews with local figures.

“Once again, Hyde Park Stories turned out to be one of the most enthusiastically received events on the Historical Society’s calendar,” Fran Vandervoort, editor of the Historical Society’s newsletter, wrote in a statement.

At this year’s event, Bob Despres remembered street cars and the Kim-Rexall Drug Store on 55th Street. Charlotte DesJardins recalled rumors of a University of Chicago bid to leave Hyde Park, and local historian Timuel Black talked about Hyde Park’s position as the nation’s best example of integration.

The event was hosted by the resident activities committee at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr.