Tag Archives: Art


When Art was Threatening: The Hidden WPA Mural at Skokie School

By Sally Schneiders Originally published in the Fall/Winter 2014 Gazette Peeking out through trays of books, stacks of folding chairs, and tables bearing audio equipment, near the east wall of the Learning Center at Skokie School, are the last traces of a once 40 foot-wide by 10 foot-tall mural. The floor of the Learning Center […]


The Portrait of Mary Dohn by Pauline Dohn Rudolph

By Nan Greenough One of the most beautiful pieces in the Winnetka Historical Society’s art collection is an exquisite large oil portrait of a young woman in a Chinese robe.  This summer the painting was the object of a quest when Charles Rudolph, the artist’s grandson, came from New Mexico to Winnetka to visit the […]

Skokie WPA mural

WPA Mural at Skokie School

Gazette Article by: Juanita Nicholson Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1996 The Skokie School is the location of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural that was never displayed because the 1934 School Board deemed it “communistic in character… sinister and threatening.” According to a school paper he wrote in 1982, Peter Wittleder—then a Washburne student—reported […]