Kicking Off the First Levy Lecture

The devil did indeed come to Evanston – in the form of a snowstorm! But that didn’t stop our delighted guests from getting a history lesson with storybook twists.

By: Wendi Kromash


Barbara Geiger, a local historian, brought a full audience on a journey through Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair.


Despite the heavy snowfall, the crowds turned out to hear Barbara Geiger’s lecture, “The Devil Comes to Evanston” at the inaugural Levy Lecture at the Levy Senior Center on March 14.
The audience of over 80 guests was spellbound as Barbara told how the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was awarded to Chicago, who the larger-than-life personalities were that shaped the Expo, and of the sinister and evil murderer, Henry Holmes, who preyed on unsuspecting victims.
A slideshow of historical photographs and diagrams enlivened the fascinating virtual tour of an era long since passed.
After the lecture, Barbara answered some questions from the audience and mingled with anyone who wanted to chat.
The reviews and feedback from the audience were rapturous across the board. “Wonderful speaker!” and “Well done!” were common refrains.
Another attendee remarked, “She had a presentation which appeals on many levels.”

Judy Newton, Board Chair of the Levy Senior Center Foundation, greets Barbara Geiger, featured speaker, before the start of the first Levy Lecture.

The next lecture of the Levy Lecture Series is scheduled for April 11 when Dr. Jeffrey Albaugh, Director of Sexual Health at NorthShore University Health Systems will talk about “Sexual Health and Natural Changes as We Age.”
The lecture series, sponsored by the Levy Senior Center Foundation, is free and open to the public but reservations are recommended due to limited seat availability.
Don’t miss out! Reserve you seat online today by clicking here.