Lithuanian Hall

Community

Waukegan’s Lithuanian-Americans do not seem to have written their history as Slovenian-Americans and Finnish-Americans did, so we know considerably less about Lithuanian Hall than we do about Workers Hall and Slovenic National Home.

Lithuanian Hall, according to one report, replaced previous frame buildings at the same address that also served the Lithuanian immigrant community. The cornerstone is dated 1929, but it is not known who erected it. St. Bartholomew, the Lithuanian national parish, was a few blocks north. In between was the Lithuanian Cooperative Trading Company, established in 1920. In 1939, the Lithuanian Building and Loan Association and the St. Bartholomew Society were meeting at the hall.

The building continues to serve as an immigrant social center. Today, it houses Hacienda del Norte.

Labor Trail

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901 S Lincoln Ave

Current View, 2005

Lithuanian Hall, 1985. From Waukegan News-Sun, February, 1985

Poster Advertising Fund-Raiser for Relative of Mexican-American Family Living in the United States, March 7, 2007.

Labor Trail

The Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies (CCWCS) is proud to present the Interactive Labor Trail, made possible by a generous grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This on-line history resource builds on “The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle,” a map of 140 significant locations in the history of labor, migration, and working-class culture in Chicago and Illinois. The Labor Trail is the product of a joint effort to showcase the many generations of dramatic struggles and working-class life in the Chicago area's rich and turbulent past. The Trail's neighborhood tours invite you to get acquainted with the events, places, and people -- often unsung -- who have made the city what it is today. In addition, the statewide map is just a starting point for further exploration of Illinois' labor heritage. This Interactive Labor Trail expands the number of locations and provides a greater depth of information, while giving map users the chance to add their knowledge of locations and events in the Chicago area’s working-class history.

We invite all individuals, groups, and institutions interested in the labor and working-class history of Chicago, Cook County, the Calumet Region, and Illinois to contribute to the map. Users can add new sites, edit or build upon existing entries with additional text, photographs, primary sources, audio and video files, as well as links to related websites.

Easy-to-use instructions for adding to the on-line version of the map are available at www.labortrail.org.

More information on the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies is available at: www.workingclassstudies.org

The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle

Project Director:
Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago

Project Advisors:
Tobias Higbie, Newberry Library
Lisa Oppenheim, Chicago Metro History Education Center
Liesl Miller Orenic, Dominican University

Administrative Director:
Jeffrey Helgeson, University of Illinois at Chicago

Project Assistants:
Aaron Max Berkowitz, University of Illinois at Chicago; John H. Flores, University of Illinois at Chicago; Erik Gellman, Northwestern University; Dan Harper, University of Illinois at Chicago; Emily LaBarbera-Twarog, University of Illinois at Chicago

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William Atwood and Melissa Palmer