Friday, March 10, 2017

Forgotten Chicago To Honor 60th Anniversary of Bezazian Branch Library

Last year, when we posted about the history of the Harold A. Bezazian Branch Library, many readers were touched by its backstory. Funds for the library were given to the city by an immigrant father to create a living memorial to his son, a war hero who grew up in Uptown and loved reading and learning. (See the post about Harold Bezazian and his legacy here.)

This is the 60th anniversary of the branch, and most of its programming this year will concentrate on Uptown and the library's place in it.

Next Saturday, March 18th, the Forgotten Chicago folks will hold a talk at the library between 2pm and 4pm about the past 60 years in Uptown. The library is located at 1226 West Ainslie, at Magnolia.

March 18, 2 p.m.

Join Forgotten Chicago on Saturday, March 18 as they help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library with an all-new presentation! We will explore the past and present history of the Uptown community, and the curious remnants of Uptown history that are hiding in plain sight. We will also look at the incredible growth and change happening throughout the Chicago region the year the Bezazian Branch opened in 1957, including building the region’s expressway and tollway system, urban renewal, and the enormous number of new housing, retail and office construction in the region."

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