Tag Archives: Skokie School


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 […]

Skokie School Foundation

Gazette Article by: Joan Peck Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1998 Longtime Winnetkans Heather Higgins and Rachelle Brisk believed the architecturally significant building should be preserved. Launching a campaign to save the school, they wore T-shirts bearing the message “Save Skokie School” and leafleted Elm Street on Saturday mornings. Soon they had collected enough signatures […]

Winnetka Public School Nursery

Gazette Article by: Mary Bell Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1999 In 1926, when Henry Ford was still making parts for the Model T and Charles Lindbergh had yet to fly solo across the Atlantic, two educational pioneers, Dr. Carleton W. Washburne, superintendent of the Winnetka Public Schools, and Rose Alschuler, a national leader in […]

Olive Beaupre Miller

Olive Beaupre Miller

Gazette Article by Joan Evanich, Fall 1997 Updated July 2022 Are you a “Bookhouse baby”? Thousands of Americans born in the first half of this century can enthusiastically answer, “Yes!” The publishing company, The Bookhouse for Children, was the brainchild of Winnetka resident, author, and editor Olive Beaupre Miller. She created a collection of children’s literature […]

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 […]

Winnetka Way: John Madigan

Gazette Article by: John W. Madigan – President/CEO, Tribune Company Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1995 Winnetka Way articles are written by guest columnists who have been asked to share their memories of an aspect of Winnetka that they remember fondly. Winnetka Way articles debuted in 1994 and continue to the present. June is commencement […]