History

Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational and African American heritage organization formed to celebrate, provide information and encourage preservation of black life and culture of Chicago.  The organization was founded in 1999 by a  small group of enthusiastic Black Family History researchers and offers presentations, exhibitions, tours, plus a variety of programs offered seasonally to school age children, families, elders, nature stewards.

Bronzeville is an African American community in Chicago whose residents mostly arrived during The Great Migration from 1890-1950. Blacks came to Chicago continuously as a result of racism in the South, lack of equal opportunity, and the desire for education and employment. During The Great Migration, the largest number of African Americans in Chicago settled between 18th Street on the north side and 51st Street on the south side – State Street on the west side and Cottage Grove on the east side.

Bronzeville Historical Society was organized due to overwhelming concern of diminishing historical sites in African American communities and the limited historical resources immediately available to children in classrooms on African Americans who helped shape the City of Chicago and America.   It was chartered in Illinois as a 501 (c) (3)  not-for-profit organization in 2001.  Membership enrollment is ongoing.  Volunteer researchers and advisors are encouraged to join.

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