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Edgewater Historical Society Museum Vandalized After Brick Thrown Through Window, Smashing ‘Chicago 7’ Exhibit

The museum window displayed items from its "Trial Of The Chicago 7" exhibit, but the motive of the vandalism is unclear.

The Edgewater Historical Society's museum exhibit on the Trial of the Chicago 7 was vandalized Thursday.
COURTESY JOHN HOLDEN
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ANDERSONVILLE — The Edgewater Historical Society’s museum and offices were vandalized Thursday after someone threw a brick through a window, smashing an exhibit display in the process.

The building at 5358 N. Ashland Ave. was damaged sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, board member John Holden said. It was Holden who came to the building Thursday afternoon and discovered the damage.

The brick smashed the window, traveled through a display for the historical society’s exhibit on “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” then knocked a computer monitor off a desk, Holden said.

“Who would do this to a little historical society?” Holden said.

Credit: COURTESY JOHN HOLDEN
The Edgewater Historical Society and Museum was vandalized when a brick was thrown through its window Thursday.

The smashed exhibit shows first-hand materials and accounts of the tumultuous Chicago 7 trial, where anti-war activists were charged with inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention held Downtown.

The exhibit coincided with Netflix’s new movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Recreations of anti-war protest signs were assembled in the historical society’s window to advertise the exhibit. The individual display items were not damaged in the act of vandalism, Holden said.

It is unclear if the politically charged museum exhibit was targeted for vandalism.

“My first inclination is that some one didn’t like the leftist politics” being portrayed in the exhibit, Holden said. “I don’t know if that is part of the motive, or if it was just random.”

The “very non-profit” historical society will pay around $700 to board up and replace the shattered window, Holden said.

The historical society is not the only victim of vandalism recently on the Far North Side. In late December, a residential block in West Ridge was hit by car-window-smashing vandalism for the third time in three months.

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