Women's co-op: The Community Kitchen

Historian Erin Hvizdak will provide an in-depth look at the woman-run cooperative housekeeping venture, the Evanston Community Kitchen at the Evanston History Center on April 4.
The Evanston Community Kitchen was founded as a canning kitchen during World War I. At its peak, the kitchen produced hot dinners in state-of-the-art facilities and delivered up to 500 meals per week.
Billed as a service of “convenience” for housewives and young, single businesswomen, the Evanston Community Kitchen can also be seen as a response to the anxieties felt from shifting gender roles and class relations after World War I.
Hvizdak will explore these issues and challenge the women founders’ idea of “community” as she examines the kitchen’s history and its various meanings.
Hvizdak holds a master's degree in library and information science and is completing a master's degree in women's studies and gender studies at Loyola University Chicago.
She has worked on a variety of history and research projects in Evanston, including at the Frances Willard House Museum and the Evanston History Center, and for the Evanston Women's History Project.
She works as a librarian at Morton College and is writing a book for the Woman's Club of Evanston's 125th anniversary.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. A wine and appetizer reception catered by Whole Foods Market, Evanston South takes place at 6:30 p.m. The history center is located at 225 Greenwood St.
Admission: $10, payable at the door (EHC Members free).
For reservations, email [email protected] or call 847-475-3410.

Apr 4 2013 - 7:00pm