Shorefront Press

Shorefront Press is the Legacy Centers publishing entity, producing relevant titles using in part or in whole, the Shorefront archives that stimulates discussion, furthers research, adds to the archives and engages communities. Publications are guided by the Shorefront core mission values: Collect, Preserve, Educate.


A Place We Can Call Our Home
ISBN: 978-0-9765-2321-5
50 pages | 33 images | $12

A Place We Can Call Our Home is a collection of articles that gives the reader a general understanding of the early Black settlers and the development of a Black community in Evanston, Illinois. Originally published in the mid 1990s, it fast became a favorite publication within the area school district. This new edition includes updated information, expanded resources and a new image gallery. A Place We Can Call Our Home is the perfect publication for the classroom.
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Edwin B. Jourdain Jr.: The Rise of Black Political Power in Evanston, Illinois, 1931-1947
By Sherman Beverly
ISBN: 978-19467-1701-6
188 pages | 6 images | $24.95

Evanston, Illinois witnessed a great influx of southern Blacks between 1920 and 1930. Like Chicago, Evanston was confronted with a problem—controlling the residential activities of an enlarged black population. Both municipalities, without formal legal sanction for their efforts, endorsed racial segregation as a solution. Chicago’s efforts were directed toward maintaining existing black ghettoes while, at the same time, preventing them from expanding. Evanston’s new black segregated section, the West Side, located in the northeast corner of the Fifth Ward, was at that time the least attractive part of town.

Elected representatives refused to consider the complaints of the minority black group among their constituents. The many frustrations of the 1920s, coupled with Jim Crow policies, a new awareness had developed and the facilities that existed for Blacks attested to, angered the community into action.

As a result of this new consciousness, the Black community turned to one relatively new-comer, Journalist, Edwin B. Jourdain Jr. Suddenly placed into the limelight, Jourdain would prove to be a formidable candidate and strong advocate to the underrepresented Black community, and one who would deal differently with the problems his community faced during his 16-year term as Evanston’s first Black Alderman.
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True Colors: Evanston Through Our Eyes
By the ETHS Senior Studies 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946717-00-9
146 pages | 33 images | $19.95

This book, inspired by conversations within Senior Studies, is a student organized compilation of oral histories which shares the class’s experience and awareness surrounding Evanston’s racial segregation, prejudice, discrimination and disparities within the community. And while it as a whole speaks to Evanston’s privilege disparity, each individual adds an intersectional narrative. This piece aims to preserve the voices of the Senior Studies Class of 2017, with hopes to create change within the community by starting a conversation surrounding these stigmatized issues.
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From a New Generation
32 pages | Spoken word/poetry | $9.95

From a New Generation is the final product from Shorefront’s youth program, Legacy Keepers. Fourteen middle school youths from the 2010 program penned original work and presented it in a public forum. From a New Generation showcases a selection of their work.

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Gatherings: The History and Activities of the Emerson Street Branch YMCA, Evanston, Illinois
ISBN: 978-0-9765232-0-8
86 pages | 50 images | $20

Gatherings documents the history of the segregated branch of the Evanston, Illinois YMCA known as the Emerson Street Branch YMCA. Formed in 1909 and opened in 1914, the facility serviced the African American communities in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL for 60 years.
Winning project from the Sappi papers, Ideas That Matter program.
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The Dream Dancers Series
Volume One: New England Preservers of the Dream 1600-1924
by Spencer Jourdain
280 pages  |  12 images  |  $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-9765-2326-0
Volume One of a three volume set, The Dream Dancers: New England Preservers of the Dream (1600-1924) describes the significant, yet under-acknowledged, presence and impact of a rainbow of American men and women of color in the quest to fulfill our nation’s founding dream unalienable equal rights and opportunity for happiness, from 17th Century colonial New England to the aftermath of World War I. The multicultural family of Attorney Edwin Bush Jourdain, Sr. participated in many seminal events that helped to shape the first centuries of America’s journey to achieve its founding vision.
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Through the Eyes of Us: True Experiences Of Lives And History Shared By Evanston’s African-American Community
68 pages | Audio CD | $15

A great beginning resource for readers and historians wanting guidance in researching the Evanston, Illinois African American community from 1850 to 2000. The brief introduction is supported by a comprehensive timeline and audio CD from various members in Evanston including mayor of 17 years – Lorraine H. Morton – Evanston’s first African American mayor.
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