Archives of History

“It is what you do for your community that counts”

Young people from Y.O.U. (Youth and Opportunity United) will be at Twiggs Park on October 3, planting around the overlook deck. The park was dedicated on another October day, in 1986, to the memory of William H. Twiggs (1865-1960) in honor of his co...
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A 1903 pamphlet from the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association

Who was Harbert?

What does Harbert Park have to do with the right to vote?  It's named for suffragist and early Evanstonian Elizabeth Boynton Harbert (1843-1925)....
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Butterfly Milkweed in the Ladd Arboretum

Managing weeds

Butterfly milkweed is in full bloom now in the Ladd Arboretum. In spite of its name, butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a native plant and host to butterflies and other pollinators. Not everyone agrees about what counts as a weed. In fact, th...
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Cutting Norway maples at the Ladd Arboretum

Clearing the way for new plants

Regular visitors to the Ladd Arboretum will notice a difference this week, after volunteers and a city greenways crew cleared invasive trees and shrubs along a section of the channel bank northeast of the Ecology Center. Clearing is a necessary step ...
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Removal of windmill installed in 1980

Windmill comes down

The Ladd Arboretum’s windmill came down this week. The windmill was installed in 1980, but had fallen into disrepair. The Evanston Environmental Association’s Harold Benjamin was quoted in the Chicago Tribune that summer: “We’...
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