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A welcome sign spring is right around the corner! The Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared V...
03/11/2021

A welcome sign spring is right around the corner! The Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning Friday, March 12th. So plan a visit soon. National Park Rangers will be at the Visitor Center to greet you.

You can see a short film about Pullman’s history, once described as the “world’s most perfect town.” View exhibits of original artifacts, Pullman railroad memorabilia and much more. Step back into history, take a self-guided tour and learn about future plans when Pullman National Monument opens this fall.

The Visitor Center follows health safety guidelines. Restrooms feature touchless toilets, faucets, soap dispensers, touchless paper towel dispensers and automatic lights. We have a touchless fountain and water bottle filling station. The Visitor Center is handicap accessible. We do require visitors to wear face masks and to practice social distancing.

Make the most of warmer days ahead and take a walk back in time in Pullman!

A welcome sign spring is right around the corner! The Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning Friday, March 12th. So plan a visit soon. National Park Rangers will be at the Visitor Center to greet you.

You can see a short film about Pullman’s history, once described as the “world’s most perfect town.” View exhibits of original artifacts, Pullman railroad memorabilia and much more. Step back into history, take a self-guided tour and learn about future plans when Pullman National Monument opens this fall.

The Visitor Center follows health safety guidelines. Restrooms feature touchless toilets, faucets, soap dispensers, touchless paper towel dispensers and automatic lights. We have a touchless fountain and water bottle filling station. The Visitor Center is handicap accessible. We do require visitors to wear face masks and to practice social distancing.

Make the most of warmer days ahead and take a walk back in time in Pullman!

Dear Friend of the Calumet Region,You are invited to join us for the 21st Annual Calumet Heritage Conference!This year's...
10/17/2020
21st Annual Calumet Heritage Conference

Dear Friend of the Calumet Region,
You are invited to join us for the 21st Annual Calumet Heritage Conference!
This year's Conference theme is Calumet Voices, National Stories and will highlight some of the diverse voices that collectively tell a story of national significance of the Calumet Region. We have taken advantage of the need to hold this year's conference online to bring together, in one virtual space, a diverse group of storytellers who will speak about their own efforts to save and interpret our region's heritage, as well as help us to understand the stories of those who built the Calumet Region and the living landscape we now inhabit. The virtual format allows us to expand the conference to include more presenters than ever before and we even included a virtual field trip!

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=r8bdxwqab&oeidk=a07ehbkx7zm616e1f6c
Conference attendance is FREE but registration is required. Registration automatically includes access to all sessions. Zoom links will be sent via email prior to each session.

This year's Conference theme is Calumet Voices, National Stories and will highlight some of the diverse voices that collectively tell a story of national significance of the Calumet Region. Registration automatically includes access to all sessions. Zoom links will be sent via email prior to each se...

~ FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH ~There will be three events presented in Pullman (See the attached flier.)On February ...
01/23/2020

~ FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH ~

There will be three events presented in Pullman (See the attached flier.)

On February 9, Professor Larry McClellan will present a program titled: "The Underground Railroad South of Chicago"

BLACK HISTORY EVENT SPONSORED BY THE PULLMAN CIVIC ORGANIZATION, HISTORIC PULLMAN FOUNDATION, NATIONAL A. PHILIP RANDOLPH PULLMAN PORTERS MUSEUM AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Sunday, Feb 9; 3-5 pm - Location: Pullman National Monument Visitor Center - 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue; Chicago
"The Underground Railroad South of Chicago" by Prof. Larry McClellan
Noted author and foremost authority on the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois will present a power point presentation of his decades of research on the journeys of "Freedom Seekers" who traveled through our region in the years prior to Emancipation.
With spiritual music selections performed by Lana Lewis, with accompaniment by Steve Nelson.

Folllowed by q & a and book signing.

Free event.....all invited!

~ FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH ~

There will be three events presented in Pullman (See the attached flier.)

On February 9, Professor Larry McClellan will present a program titled: "The Underground Railroad South of Chicago"

BLACK HISTORY EVENT SPONSORED BY THE PULLMAN CIVIC ORGANIZATION, HISTORIC PULLMAN FOUNDATION, NATIONAL A. PHILIP RANDOLPH PULLMAN PORTERS MUSEUM AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Sunday, Feb 9; 3-5 pm - Location: Pullman National Monument Visitor Center - 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue; Chicago
"The Underground Railroad South of Chicago" by Prof. Larry McClellan
Noted author and foremost authority on the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois will present a power point presentation of his decades of research on the journeys of "Freedom Seekers" who traveled through our region in the years prior to Emancipation.
With spiritual music selections performed by Lana Lewis, with accompaniment by Steve Nelson.

Folllowed by q & a and book signing.

Free event.....all invited!

11/13/2019

Join us Friday at Greenstone, the Pullman Community Choir in Concert!

REMINDER: VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE AT PULLMAN SCHOOL TOMORROW AT 11 AM.We will be outside very minimally due to the cold....
11/10/2019

REMINDER: VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE AT PULLMAN SCHOOL TOMORROW AT 11 AM.
We will be outside very minimally due to the cold. We'll conclude the services indoors before leaving to lay a wreath at the base of the War Monument.

Pullman folks: Please consider bringing a pot luck dish for the after gathering at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center. The Center will be open after 9 am to drop off any dishes to share.

Please come to honor those who have served, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

REMINDER: VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE AT PULLMAN SCHOOL TOMORROW AT 11 AM.
We will be outside very minimally due to the cold. We'll conclude the services indoors before leaving to lay a wreath at the base of the War Monument.

Pullman folks: Please consider bringing a pot luck dish for the after gathering at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center. The Center will be open after 9 am to drop off any dishes to share.

Please come to honor those who have served, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

THIS SUNDAY - HISTORIC PULLMAN VISITOR CENTERCELEBRATION TO ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DESIGNATION - JAN AND AAGJE TON FARM SITEY...
09/24/2019

THIS SUNDAY - HISTORIC PULLMAN VISITOR CENTER

CELEBRATION TO ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DESIGNATION - JAN AND AAGJE TON FARM SITE
You are invited to a Celebration to announce the designation of the Jan and AagjeTon Farm to be listed on the National Park Service's "Network to Freedom" program on the Underground Railroad registry. Achieving the listing means "inclusion in a nationwide system of comparable sites, programs, and facilities that fosters networking and coordinating educational, preservation and commemorative activities" for the site which is located nearby, in the Altgeld Gardens/Riverdale neighborhood of Chicago.
Date of the event will be on Sunday, September 29, 4-5:30 pm; co-hosted by the National Park Service and the Historic Pullman Foundation. Location: Historic Pullman Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.
The Jan and Aagje Ton Farm joins another Chicago Southland site, the Crete Congregational Church and adjoining Cemetery, as nearby verified locations associated with the Underground Railroad accepted for the NPS "Network to Freedom" registry. Both sites have been thoroughly researched and applications submitted (and accepted) by my colleague with the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project, Professor Larry McClellan.
We are very excited about this important designation, and are developing tours, educational programs, and events that will showcase these sites that are now part of the National Park Service sites. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/join_ntf/index.htm
Our keynote speaker for the event will be U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who has supported our UGRR Project from the beginning.
Other speakers will be:
~ Diane Banta; recently retired from the NPS, and one of the founders and advisers of the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project.
~ Glennette Tilly Turner; noted author on the Underground Railroad in Illinois.
~ Professor Larry McClellan; historian, author, and principal researcher of the site(s).
~ Ronald Gaines; owner of Chicago's Finest Marina, and landowner of the property where the Jan and AagjeTon Farm was located.
~ Deanda Johnson (or an NPS designate); Midwest Director, NPS Network to Freedom.
We will be inviting community members, historical and heritage societies, public officials, notable African American historical groups and societies, and a variety of media/press. Lite fare and refreshments will be served.

THIS SUNDAY - HISTORIC PULLMAN VISITOR CENTER

CELEBRATION TO ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DESIGNATION - JAN AND AAGJE TON FARM SITE
You are invited to a Celebration to announce the designation of the Jan and AagjeTon Farm to be listed on the National Park Service's "Network to Freedom" program on the Underground Railroad registry. Achieving the listing means "inclusion in a nationwide system of comparable sites, programs, and facilities that fosters networking and coordinating educational, preservation and commemorative activities" for the site which is located nearby, in the Altgeld Gardens/Riverdale neighborhood of Chicago.
Date of the event will be on Sunday, September 29, 4-5:30 pm; co-hosted by the National Park Service and the Historic Pullman Foundation. Location: Historic Pullman Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.
The Jan and Aagje Ton Farm joins another Chicago Southland site, the Crete Congregational Church and adjoining Cemetery, as nearby verified locations associated with the Underground Railroad accepted for the NPS "Network to Freedom" registry. Both sites have been thoroughly researched and applications submitted (and accepted) by my colleague with the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project, Professor Larry McClellan.
We are very excited about this important designation, and are developing tours, educational programs, and events that will showcase these sites that are now part of the National Park Service sites. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/join_ntf/index.htm
Our keynote speaker for the event will be U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who has supported our UGRR Project from the beginning.
Other speakers will be:
~ Diane Banta; recently retired from the NPS, and one of the founders and advisers of the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project.
~ Glennette Tilly Turner; noted author on the Underground Railroad in Illinois.
~ Professor Larry McClellan; historian, author, and principal researcher of the site(s).
~ Ronald Gaines; owner of Chicago's Finest Marina, and landowner of the property where the Jan and AagjeTon Farm was located.
~ Deanda Johnson (or an NPS designate); Midwest Director, NPS Network to Freedom.
We will be inviting community members, historical and heritage societies, public officials, notable African American historical groups and societies, and a variety of media/press. Lite fare and refreshments will be served.

09/10/2019
07/11/2019

Remembering Labor’s History

Commemorating the Pullman Strike on its 125th anniversary

BY HELENA DUNCAN | MAY 28, 2019
South Side Weekly


On an overcast Saturday afternoon, more than thirty people gathered at the old Pullman Livery Stables on 112th and Cottage Grove and pinned small white ribbons to their raincoats. One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Pullman residents—and people across the country—wore similar ribbons to show their support for the workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company, who laid down their tools and walked off the job on May 11, 1894.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Great Pullman Strike of 1894, the Pullman National Monument Preservation Society (PNMPS) hosted their first strike-focused tour of the neighborhood. The tour aimed at providing a “short, broad-stroked history of the strike” from the perspective of the workers who lived and organized in Pullman, according to PNMPS member and lifelong Pullman resident Paul Petraitis, who led the tour alongside PNMPS President Mark Cassello. Those gathered for the tour included Pullman residents, teachers, students, and history buffs from across the South Side.

The PNMPS is a group of self-described “watchdogs” that formed in 2015 to ensure that the National Parks Service’s stewardship of the Pullman National Monument—established by President Barack Obama the same year—lived up to its goal of preserving and authentically restoring what was once the Town of Pullman.

From 1880 to 1907, this 4,000-acre “model town” was controlled by the Pullman Palace Car Company, which for most of its existence was synonymous with its president, George Pullman. At the turn of the twentieth century, Pullman’s luxury railcars led to his becoming the largest manufacturing company in the world. Most of the company’s workers lived in the town, paying rent and utilities to the company. There were no elections for town leaders, and even the schools were run by the company. This was Pullman’s paternalism: he provided his workers with good housing in an idyllic town, hoping that a happy laborer would also be a more productive one.

In the wake of the panic of 1893, a recession that reduced demand for the luxury railcars the company manufactured, Pullman drastically cut his workers’ wages without reducing rent. Workers could no longer afford to feed their families. After failed attempts to negotiate with the company for higher wages or lower rents, and after several workers were fired for expressing their grievances despite being assured there would be no retaliation, Pullman workers walked out. In the coming weeks they were joined by a quarter-million railway workers across the country. Workers overturned and burned boxcars and caused millions of dollars in property damage. The federal government obtained an injunction calling for an end to the strike, citing obstruction of mail and interstate commerce, and President Grover Cleveland deployed the National Guard to Pullman to enforce it.

Cassello and Petraitis led our group from the stables to our first stop: the once-bustling Hotel Florence, a stately brick building with green and red detailing. It was too expensive for the average worker to drink there, Petraitis said, and besides, Pullman didn’t want his workers getting drunk—in fact, he deliberately kept taverns and liquor stores out of Pullman Town. As we approached the hotel’s porch, we saw a woman gardening in a small plot on the hotel’s lawn, the same place where the National Guard had camped during their deployment. We took turns peering through a window into the building’s dusty, empty lobby—the hotel is now owned by the state and is undergoing a lengthy and pricy restoration—then filed down the steps and back onto the street.

“We lost a bit of historic sidewalk here just last month,” Petraitis noted sadly as we left the hotel, explaining that the city had installed some new sidewalk that “we didn’t ask for.”

“You gotta be ever-vigilant,” he warned.

We crossed the street to the main gate of the factory, which will become the home of the Pullman National Monument visitor information center next year. We were invited to stand and imagine what it would have been like to see workers streaming through the factory gates, the crowds growing larger as word of the strike spread. Through the chain-link fence that now surrounded the building, visitors could see the old factory building, as well as the yards where completed train cars were once lined up for viewing like a car showroom.

Gripping pages of notes and lugging a speaker behind him, Petraitis apologized to the cars we held up as we crossed the street—“Excuse us please, we’re remembering history here. This is public education”—and made our way across quiet, leafy Pullman, heading toward the famous rowhouses that Pullman built for his workers.

Rain began to fall as we stopped at our first house, 11302 South Champlain, once home to an unfortunate man named Buckley Wood. Wood was a factory watchman who made the mistake of asking a worker for his company pass. (Workers were required to present passes in order to remove their tools from the shops at the end of the workday.) The worker attacked Wood with a hatchet, leaving him debilitated. When he died the following year, his family could not pay rent. The Pullman Company attempted to evict them, though the family and the company eventually negotiated an agreement that allowed them to stay.

Just a few houses down, at 11310 South Champlain, was the home of Jennie Curtiss, a seamstress and union leader. Cassello played an audio recording of an actor reading Curtiss’ testimony to the Strike Commission, in which she described the pay cuts and “tyrannical and abusive forewomen” in the sewing shops, where women toiled away creating mattresses, sheets, pillowcases, and other linens for the palace cars’ sleepers and dining rooms. After failing to negotiate higher pay or lower rent for her fellow workers, she joined the American Railway Union (ARU) and became president of the Girls Union, Pullman Local 269.

The seamstress’s words filled the air as we faced the brick building where she had lived: “We struck at Mr. Pullman because we were without hope. We joined the ARU because it gave us a glimmer of hope.”

Later, we gathered in a circular courtyard at the former site of the Market Hall, which burned down in 1973. We were standing at the site of a historic melee. Women who worked in the Pullman laundries, many the wives of striking workers, were on strike, too. When women in nearby Roseland tried to sneak into Pullman and replace them, the Pullman ladies had none of it.

“So the girls in Roseland tried to sneak into the laundry over there as scabs and some of the starving wives in Pullman caught ’em here,” Petraitis explained. The Pullman women were, to put it mildly, not pleased; one of them instructed others to get out their knives and “spoil her beauty!”, as recounted in a hyperbolic Tribune article from the time. The Roseland women had to be escorted by police back along 111th Street, “dodging missiles all the way”—rocks and pieces of brick thrown by the striking women.

And a tour of Pullman wouldn’t be complete without a visit to “Poverty Row.”

“George Pullman had enjoyed thirteen years of really great publicity in this model town, and then he had the benefit of the Columbian Exposition to promote it even more,” Cassello said. “But when the strike broke out, people had to make an argument that conditions in Pullman weren’t as nice as they’d been led to believe in the press accounts.”

So journalists were taken to visit a different Pullman: the tenement housing on Langley Avenue, just one block from the charming rowhouses on Champlain. “These people over here were living five families to one faucet,” Cassello explained. Journalists saw squalid housing and starving infants. Today, though, we saw several squat buildings under construction, the future home of the Pullman Artspace Lofts, a thirty-eight-unit development that will also include classrooms and a gallery for local artists. (PNMPS is opposed to this development, with their website repeatedly claiming that “historic reviews of the Pullman Artspace Lofts were improperly conducted and potentially unlawful.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently ordered another review to ensure historic preservation guidelines were followed. With the review complete, the project is underway again.)

The strike ended with the National Guard’s deployment. Violence broke out across the nation, and the National Guard was accused of firing indiscriminately into crowds; thirty people were killed, half of them in Chicago. Striking workers were allowed to return to work, but the Pullman Company forced them to sign “yellow-dog contracts” vowing they wouldn’t be part of a union. After Pullman died in 1897, his grave was reinforced with concrete and steel rails to protect against desecration by angry workers. The following year, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled the company had to divest its ownership in the town, and Pullman became part of the City of Chicago.

PNMPS wasn’t the only group in Pullman on May 11 to commemorate the strike. Two members of the Illinois Labor History Society led their own, smaller tour, which our group ran into at a couple points throughout the afternoon. That morning, at the National Monument’s visitor information center, representatives from various history and preservation organizations had a panel discussion about the strike, its legacy, and its relevance today.

In her remarks, Sue Bennett of the National Parks Service called George Pullman a Mark Zuckerberg of his time, drawing a parallel between Pullman’s railroad empire and the vast power of companies like Facebook. “[Zuckerberg’s] business partner has said that he has power that is unprecedented and un-American. Boy, have I heard people say that about George Pullman as well.”

Guest speaker Allison Duerk, executive director of the Eugene Debs Foundation in Terre Haute, Indiana, grew emotional as she described how the Pullman Strike grew from “a dispute between 2,000 workers and one employer to a national standoff between 250,000 members and the combined interests of the railroads.”

Guest speaker Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, spoke about the relevance of the Pullman strike to the recent labor struggles of airline workers. As with the ARU, airline strikes are complicated by the complex global nature of the economy. “Our jobs are connected. We can’t live without each other,” she explained.

The PNMPS tour concluded at the Pullman Café, not so much for its historical import as its cozy atmosphere. Over slices of almond cake, which had been decorated in red icing with “Strike: 1894-2019,” I asked attendees what they thought of the tour.

Two history teachers at Homewood-Flossmoor High School told me that they typically devote a whole lesson in their history curricula to the Pullman Strike due to the school’s location in the south suburbs, and that they were grateful for the chance to bring more detail and context to their lessons. Hazal Corak, an anthropology PhD student at the University of Chicago, said that she was most surprised to see signs for the future Artspace Lofts on what was was once called Poverty Row.

“The fact that we’re not even really in the city and still somebody, an entrepreneur, has a vision about what this area can become, like artists’ lofts and such—it was very striking,” Corak said, pun not intended.

Preservation was on everyone’s minds, from the tourists to the PNMPS members leading their crusade to save Pullman right down to its sidewalks. But preserving the memory of an event in history, and making sure it’s still taught for generations to come, is a little different from preserving a physical place. The speakers, historians, and tour organizers hoped to commemorate an event that affected so many people: not only those who lived and toiled and suffered and lost their lives here on the South Side of Chicago, but those across the country who struck in what Duerk described as “an unprecedented act of solidarity,” a show of what can be accomplished when workers rise up, and the forces they face when they risk it all.

Or as Nelson, the flight attendant union president, summed it up in her speech that morning: “We’re not taught labor history in this country, and there’s a reason for that. It’s too powerful.”

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Helena Duncan is a writer based in Hyde Park. She last wrote for the Weekly in March about designs for a public memorial to survivors of police torture.

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Sponsored by the Historic Pullman Foundation and the Pullman Civic Organization, the Pullman Historic House Tour is back, celebrating 48 years of one of Chicago’s longest running home tours October 9th and 10th, 2021, from 11am-5pm. Come witness the rebirth of a Victorian-era town, once on the outskirts of the city, then absorbed into Chicago in 1889. Visitors will be able to tour a selection of private rowhomes and buildings, like the Greenstone Church, all designed by master architect Solon Beman. This Chicago neighborhood features iconic architecture unlike anywhere else in the mid-west, and holds a magnitude of labor and civic history that impacts our nation still today. Employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company lived a modern lifestyle within the community designed for them. The entire town was built with some of the most advanced comforts of the era (plumbing, electricity, gas), mirroring the great technical achievements of the factory itself. Most of the homes have been continuously occupied since the 1880s. Some remain close to their original design, while others have been fully renovated. Over the years, the industrial factory site suffered through neglect, fires and unforgiving Chicago weather. A group of passionate and talented neighbors decided to band together and save both the site and the town through conservation and preservation. In 2015, President Barack Obama designated Pullman a National Monument, solidifying its importance. Ensuring it would be preserved for generations to come, The National Parks Service has completed a massive overhaul of the existing factory site, which had been shuttered for decades. The jewel of the site, the towering Administration Building, will be opening on Labor Day weekend, housing the new Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, entry is free and no ticket is required. This gives guests of House Tour the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in history, stepping back in time, experiencing both the homes and the factory site as an employee of the Pullman Palace Car Company would have. $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors / Advance tickets $17-$20, available online here (https://www.eventbrite.com/.../historic-pullman-house...) or call 773-785-8901 / For more information, please call our House Tour Information Line 773-785-8901 or visit The Historic Pullman Foundation at https://www.pullmanil.org/.../48th-annual.../2021-10-09/ Poster art by Pullman's own, graphic artist Russell Baltes.
Had a blast tonight Such a wonderful show definitely a must see!
Join our Historic Pullman House Tour weekend celebration, October 7th & 8th to see the Pullman National Monument, tour seven houses, exhibits, music, food, antique cars, garage sales and so much more. Advance tickets are $20 if purchased on or before October 5th and $23 at the door. Tickets will be held for pick up at the Visitor Center (11141 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago) on either day starting at 10:30am. Houses will be open from 11:00am until 5:00pm. You can call the Visitor Center for more information. 773-785-8901 between 11-3 every day except Mondays. Purchase tickets on line at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2895761
Good afternoon neighbors need help finding family member of one of our senior residents. She lives on 11316 S Forrestville. She was outside screaming for help and says she is in pain, an ambulance is there now.