Bronzeville Historical Society

…Preserving, and protecting African American history and culture of Chicago


Membership enrollment is ongoing.  Volunteer researchers and advisors are encouraged to join.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Bronzeville Historical Society has opportunities available.  Volunteer Service needed daily 11am-3pm.  Contact us today for more information!

If not YOU… then WHO?
Civic engagement or Volunteerism means working to make a difference.  Providing African American cultural presentations, preservation of Black heritage of Chicago and service to others has been the mission of Bronzeville Historical Society. African American youth, individuals   and members in communities have identified many issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual volunteerism to organizational involvement. Civic engagement requires that all individuals identify the needs and wants in their neighborhood or community. Once these needs are acknowledged, people must come together as a mutual force to address those issues.  Volunteer opportunities are available to those wishing to support the missions of Bronzeville Historical Society.

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The meetings are free and open to all.  Programs are presented on many subjects by experts in their field of research and are followed by a stimulating “Question and Answer” session. Members have an opportunity to exchange new information and share ideas and methodology with others.  Our Library The Bronzeville Historical Society will maintain a small library for the use of its members containing family histories, general reference books, Chicago area research books, family charts, and exchange quarterlies of other genealogical societies. The holdings are published periodically in the Bronzeville Society News, the society’s quarterly publication. Members can request that the librarian bring publications to meetings.

Pioneer Certificates
African American descendants of early residents of Chicago, or Cook County, can apply for Pioneer Certificates. If you have any Chicago or Cook County ancestors who arrived in the area prior to the Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871, you are eligible.  Pullman Porter and Provident Hospital Certificates are available.


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