Volume one, East Side
Hegewisch and East Side have strong roots in rich intergenerational family histories. The farthest southern neighborhood in Chicago, George Washington High School is surrounded by the active industrial landscape of iron and steel. The area presented itself similar in structure to my hometown, Youngstown, Ohio. Both my hometown, and the Southeast side of Chicago straddle their neighboring state lines, often creating a wealth of complex identity divorced from its larger metropolises. There is a curiosity about the families who have moved to the Southeast side, who have stayed, and what future looks like for this younger generation. For the students, they take immense pride in their neighborhood and school district, and present an ownership inside the walls of George Washington High School. They have revealed their power to implement change in the landscape of their community, and add to an oral history from their families about East Side and Hegewisch.