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Gather in the Culbertson Room on the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy a guest speaker and delicious food—luncheon/program for ages “70 and over”. RSVP required.

Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: Noon
RSVP: Sallie Smith by Friday, August 31

Creating Chicago’s North Shore presented by Michael H. Ebner, historian and author of the book “Creating Chicago’s North Shore”.

Ebner’s book, which is a social history of eight towns along Lake Michigan, Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, describes how each developed its own distinct character as wealthy Chicagoans left the city to establish communities suited to a particular set of ideals or preferences. Michael Ebner is also knowledgeable on the subject of New Trier, as he has worked closely with their archive department over the years.

If you need to cancel at the last minute we would appreciate a $10 check being sent to Kenilworth Union Church, attention “First Wednesday Luncheon.”


Michael H. Ebner is the James D. Vail III Professor of History at Lake Forest College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1974. Professor Ebner has written widely on aspects of American history for learned publications in North America, England, Germany, and Israel. He is best known as the author of the prize-winning book entitled “Creating Chicago’s North Shore.”

The American Historical Association recognized Professor Ebner with its Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award (1994) and the Chicago Tribune (1994) named him to its all-star team of college professors. Lake Forest College has recognized him with its Charlotte Simmons Prize for distinguished public service (1998), with its annual Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership (1998), with its Senior Class Award (2000) as the Great Teacher, and its Bird Award for Intellectual Contributions (2004).

Michael Ebner is a resident of Lake Forest, IL. He has chaired the city’s Building Review Board and its Historic Preservation Commission. Since 1991, he has been a trustee of The Chicago Historical Society. He also is a member of The Society of Midland Authors. Currently he is Vice President of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL.