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History Center Coffee Talk

December 12, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Free

Award-Winning Author Linda Gartz

“Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960’s Chicago”
by Linda Gartz

December 12 • 1:30p

In our upcoming Coffee Talk, Emmy-Award-winning documentary producer, Linda Gartz, will talk about her book Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. All are welcome to attend.

Called a “stunning debut memoir,” by Kirkus Reviews, Redlined was inspired by long-hidden letters, diaries, photos, and much more, which Linda found in her parents’ attic after their deaths. the book interweaves the story of her family’s lives on Chicago’s West Side with the history of redlining, a federal government policy that refused mortgages to anyone in an area with even one Black person.

With boots-on-the-ground before, during, and after the racial changes on Chicago’s West Side, Linda’s parents continued to nurture their tenants and buildings for more than two decades after two riots devastated the community and as their own relationship unraveled.

Said Ms. Gartz, “I wanted to create a story that would engage readers in an intimate family drama comprising a great love story, a coming-of-age story, and the history of how a racist government policy undermined the hopes and dreams of both Blacks and Whites.”

A lively Q&A will follow the presentation, and Ms. Gartz will sell and sign books.
Coffee and treats will be provided. The program is free. A $3.00 donation is suggested, to help fund our work.
The Des Plaines History Center is located at 781 Pearson Street, Des Plaines IL 60016.  Map and directions.

Our next Coffee Talk is Thursday, January 9, 1:30p–3:00p, when author by William Hazelgrove will discuss his new book “Wright Brothers, Wrong Story”. The program is presented by Village Bank & Trust.

About Coffee Talks

The History Center’s Coffee Talk series began in the winter of 2003. It is an adult program meant to invite public participation and discussion on a broad range of topics.




December 12, 2019




Des Plaines History Center



781 Pearson Street
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