Growing up with Hillary

In 2015, Park Ridge Historical Society Vice President John Murphy approached Betsy Johnson Ebeling, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s best friend with an idea to interview Hillary’s classmates about what it was like “Growing up with Hillary”. With Betsy’s help, student volunteers from Maine East and Maine South High School interviewed thirteen classmates in 2016 and 2017. Based on these interviews, the Society produced the documentary “Dare to Dream”

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.

On October 11, 2019 Secretary Clinton attended the premiere of “Dare to Dream” at the Pickwick theater where she used to see movies as a girl growing up in Park Ridge. The  Society honored her as one of the four “Trail Blazing Women of Park Ridge”.

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