Naper Settlement’s “African American Heroes and Sheroes”

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement’s next “History Speaks” program will be on “African American Heroes and Sheroes” from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.

By looking at her own family’s dreams and goals, storyteller Linda Gorham shares stories of African American men and women who broke color barriers and had noteworthy accomplishments — often in spite of difficult circumstances.

Gorham incorporates story, music, photographs, personal narrative, quotes, and historical facts to commemorate their achievements.

This lecture is on Zoom. Preregistration is required at Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation with information on how to access the virtual lecture prior to the event.

Cost is $10 per person.

Note: only 100 spaces are available per lecture on a first-come, first-served basis.

In March, the series will continue with “Following the Money in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.”

On Sunday, March 7, historian Joan Marie Johnson will show how the donations that some wealthy women gave funded new tactics and strategies in the women’s suffrage movement, and helped women get the right to vote in 1920.

Naper Settlement is open for self-guided tours. Whether you only have 20 minutes or want to spend the day strolling the 13-acre campus, Naper Settlement has a mobile tour just for you. QR codes are available at the front desk, or you can start exploring now at All building interiors, including the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center will be closed to the public until further notice.

Winter hours, through March 31, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and closed Saturday to Monday. The winter admission rates are $5 or free for under age 4.

Enter through the Century Memorial Chapel gate, located in the parking lot to the west of the Pre-Emption House at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and S. Webster Street. Last entry to the Naper Settlement grounds is at 3:15 p.m. The grounds will close and gates be locked at 4 p.m.

All visitors must stay 6 feet from other visitor groups and wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in all buildings, when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained outdoors, and when instructed by Naper Settlement staff.