Dr. Jenny Thompson is Director of Education at the Evanston History Center. She is editor of “Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History.”
In June 2013, the Evanston History Center announced the publication of a new edition of Margery Blair Perkins’ history of Evanston, titled, Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History.
The new edition, issued in honor of the city’s sesquicentennial, updates Perkins’ original edition, published as Evanstoniana in 1984. The book traces the history of Evanston up to the early 1980s, chronicling the city’s growth, its built environment, individuals, and institutions, such as Northwestern University. The book includes nearly 200 contemporary and historic and photographs (from EHC’s vast collection).
Margery Isabella Blair was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1907. She graduated from Cornell University and
studied law for a year at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 1932, she married architect Lawrence B. Perkins, a…
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