Waukegan: A History of Immigration

Date and Time:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:00pm7:00pm
Previously known as “Little Fort”, Waukegan has become home to various migrating groups over the past two centuries. Its location along Lake Michigan appealed to New Englanders moving west in the 1830s. Its population continued to grow throughout the early part of the 19th century due to the industrialization of the Midwest and the Great Migration of blacks moving north from the rural south. The area also saw an increase in immigrants from Europe at this time due to the political tensions and war abroad. Waukegan continues to see changes in its population, most recently with the migration of Latinos from the south. Ty Rohrer and Ed Link will explore these migration patterns which have added to the rich cultural diversity of the Waukegan community.

Ty Rohrer is the Supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum for the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society. Ed Link is a historian and the author of the book, “Waukegan, A History”.

This program is sponsored by “Our Stories Connect Us”, a collaboration between Arden Shore Child and Family Services and Changing Worlds. It is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.
Registration is not available for this event.