Shorefront Journal
Uncovering stories is a part of Shorefront’s DNA

Shorefront Journal

Shorefront Journal is the official online publication of Shorefront. Occasional postings explore local Black history, work within Shorefront and welcomes contributing articles from the general public. The original journal began in 1999 as a printed quarterly. In 2012, the journal transitioned online with an annual printed version. Several issues of the original journal can be found at

For submissions: Send articles and supporting images for consideration to

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Publications: Visit for all of Shorefront’s active publications through Shorefront Press.

In 1999, Shorefront Journal, in its original printed form, was released to meet the need of sharing these significant stories to the general public. Published quarterly, this informal journal gave voice to the many historical moments throughout the Northern suburbs of Chicago.

The journal also gave exposure to more than 60 contributing writers — students, professors, historians alike — and became a venue for writers to share their stories and skills.

Shorefront welcomes the work of novice and professional writers and will make every effort to assure timely consideration of submissions. CLICK HERE to submit.

Patti Drew Archives

From the Shorefront Archives #002

The Importance of Connectivity with Archival Donors By Dino Robinson— What I enjoy most is interacting with community members. What scares me the most is interacting with community members. What I have learned over the last 15 years is that you generally have three minutes to earn the trust of someone who is considering sharing...

The Norshore Twelve, Inc. 12 Men, 31 Years of Service

In the home of the Hunter family one evening in 1950, Jack Moss and a group of friends gathered for dinner and discussions. These discussions became more focused on improving the quality of life in the Evanston community. After several dinners at the Hunter’s home, one question became the spark that ignited 31 years of...

Shorefront Update #001

Since the opening of the center in May, 2009, the Shorefront Legacy Center has put together many programs and activities that has engaged the community at large. The Legacy Center has grown its audience, attracted groups and organizations to utilize its space and held historically significant events, lectures and seminars. In addition Shorefronts programs had...

Carlton A. Black — Always Sheddin’

By Dino Robinson — Positioning himself on top a red bar stool, his vintage electric guitar propped on his leg. Plug in, adjust, twist of knobs, a bid of feedback, Mr. Black is back in a self-imposed school. The eight-foot by eight-foot room has one function – “Shedding”. The room walls document his accomplishments in...

Carrie Crawford Smith’s “Back Door Leadership”. . .

. . . and the Smith Employment Agency, 1918-1954; Connecting Domestic Help with Chicago’s North Shore’s Wealthiest Clientele by Doria Dee Johnson— A wealthy white woman phoned the Smith Employment Agency frustrated that none of her “help” worked out—the domestic labor she hired seemed to turnover after short stays. Her well appointed home needed staff...

The “First” Colored Boy Scouts, Evanston, Illinois

By Dino Robinson — I have learned to be careful with the use of “firsts”. In early historical research, I naively and often used the term “first” in local history. What I know now is that continued research often uncovers contradictions. While I would like to mention a first here, I hesitate, but must share...