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2023 Speaker Series: Celebrating 50 years in Pullman

Sunday, April 23 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Info
11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628 United States



Pullman residents united when their neighborhood was threatened with demolition. Join us as we celebrate the last 50 years.

In the 1960s, when the Pullman neighborhood was threatened with demolition, residents united to save their homes and community. Join 3rd generation Pullman resident and Historic Pullman Foundation Board Member Cindy McMahon as she reflects back on the history of the organization.

Cindy’s presentation touches upon the origins of HPF and discusses how the organization managed major challenges, preserved major buildings in the Town, and celebrated major accomplishments. One highlight will focus on various programs undertaken by Historic Pullman Foundation over the decades including the Beman Committee, House Tour, and the Friends of Florence events.

Cindy McMahon has enjoyed a 44-year career in the public sector in the State of Illinois and her notable work as an activist for historic preservation has enhanced the quality of life in the places she’s worked and lived. The extraordinary level and commitment of her personal and professional contributions have blurred the traditional work/family lines inasmuch as all of her activities have links and impact across a vast social and political network.

McMahon most recently served as an executive assistant in the Administrative Hearings Department for the Illinois Secretary of State, where she played an instrumental role in fostering enhanced communication as well as coordinating projects between leading departments.

Her civic and historic preservation initiatives began 30 years ago when she led and organized the popular Historic Pullman House tour, a role she continues to co-chair. The tours have provided tens of thousands of visitors, with greater knowledge and appreciation of the popular historic neighborhood. Cindy was born and raised in Historic Pullman, the town where her grandparents emigrated to in the 1920s.


Join Historic Pullman Foundation at these casual presentations on the third Sunday of every month. This series is a chance to learn more in-depth about Pullman history (the man, the town, the company).

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