Hawthorn Works Presentation and the 2014 Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend a complimentary presentation about the Hawthorn Works and the Annual Meeting of the Berwyn Historical Society. Sunday, Nov. 9th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., to be held at the BHS building at 1401 Grove Avenue.Berwyn Historical Society Annual Meeting,

Featured Presentation: Dennis Schlagheck and Catherine Lantz, Authors of Hawthorne Works

We have fascinating stories to be told…

How did a Western Electric factory built in 1905 in neighboring Cicero, Illinois called Hawthorne Works, become so intricately woven into the historical fabric of Berwyn?

Please join the BHS for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served. This year’s meeting includes a special program that will take a fascinating look into the history of the Hawthorne Works factory and its ties to Berwyn.

From 1905 to 1983, the Hawthorne Works in Cicero, built by the Western Electric company, was not only one of the largest factory complexes in the country (with 100 buildings and up to 45,000 workers). It was a major force in shaping Cicero, Berwyn and nearby communities. In the 1940s, 28% of its workforce lived in Berwyn and Cicero.

Come, learn more about Hawthorne Works at an informative, illustrated program presented by guest speakers Dennis Schlagheck and Catherine Lantz, authors of Hawthorne Works, an Images of America book. A limited number of books will be available for purchase ($20), and a book-signing by the authors. Also, you will learn about a special opportunity to visit the Hawthorne Works Museum in Cicero.

This event is open to the public. Members have the opportunity to vote for board of directors. Not a member yet or need to review? Attend the event and sign up at that day.

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