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Due to overwhelming demand, no more tickets are available for new members to the Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton event at the Pickwick. New memberships will not be given invites to the event.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be our Special Guest at an event to preview The Park Ridge Historical Society’s Exhibit Honoring the “Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge” 

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be our special guest at an event to preview “Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge,” an exhibit set to open in the spring of 2020 that will honor the Park Ridge roots of four women, including Clinton, who “made history and made a difference in our world.”

At the Society’s morning event on Friday, October 11, at the historic Pickwick Theater (where Clinton and her childhood friends went to view movies on weekends, holidays and over summer), student journalists from Park Ridge’s two high schools, Maine South and Maine East, will ask questions of the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential candidate, with an audience comprised of students from the middle and high schools in the community and members of the Park Ridge Historical Society.

A new documentary, “Dare to Dream,” which chronicles Clinton’s experiences in Park Ridge—as a child, a student, a teenager and young adult—will have its premiere at the October 11 event. Told through the stories of classmates who grew up with her at Field, Emerson, Maine East and South High Schools, “Dare to Dream” takes viewers on a journey of how a young suburban girl of the 1950s and 60s overcame gender barriers and challenges with the help of family, friends and the community. “Dare to Dream” is based upon interviews conducted by the Historical Society in 2016 and 2017, with the assistance of Maine South and East student volunteers for the oral history project, “Growing up with Hillary.”

The  “Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge” exhibit that will be coming to the Park Ridge History Center (721 North Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL, 60068) this spring, will examine the local roots and upbringing of four remarkable women: Clinton; Clara Barck Welles, founder of the Kalo Arts Crafts Community House in Park Ridge and the first President of the 20th Century Club of Park Ridge; Hannah Solomon, an ardent advocate of women’s suffrage, founder and first President of the National Council of Jewish Women and president of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls;  and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, also called Mother Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Park Ridge students, faculty and administrators will occupy 500 of the seats at the Pickwick Theater for the October 11 event. School administrators will be responsible for selecting the students who will participate.

To join the Park Ridge Historical Society click on this link  www.parkridgehistorycenter.org/support-history-center