The Southeast Chicago Historical Society (SECHS) is dedicated to collecting materials and preserving the histories of the Chicago communities of South Chicago, East Side, South Deering, and Hegewisch. The SECHS maintains a museum, officially named the James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum, which is housed in the Calumet Park Field in the city of Chicago.
The museum collections include most of the materials collected during the NEH funded Southeast Chicago Historical Project. This project studied the history of Chicago's Southeast Side in the early 1980's. The Museum has also accumulated a rich collection of historical materials from the donations of community residents as well as projects and exhibits which have been prepared by area students. The Museum collections are particularly strong in materials related to the steel industry on the southeast side of Chicago and labor history. The Museum also has a rich collection of photographs and other materials related to the commerce, industry, schools, churches, families, and social and ethnic organizations of the area.
SECHS brings a historical perspective to current issues related to natural areas and environmental concerns. This organization is a resource for understanding the present by looking at the past. As a member of CSI, SECHS hopes to network with other organizations in order to acquire and save historical materials related to the history of the Southeast Side.
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