Frances_ArcherThe city we remember

Me & My Shadow is a blog devoted to sharing stories at the intersection of Chicago history and individual recollections–my own and those of others. Having grown up at a time in Chicago when neighborhood still defined identity, I focus mostly on the area where I grew up, Hollywood Park and nearby North Park, Albany Park and Peterson Park.

When I’m not researching stories for the blog, I work as a social media consultant and website writer for my own company, Content First. If you’re interested in creating a blog for yourself, your community, your organization or your business, I’d love to help you get started.

Chicago book reviews

Books are an essential part of my experience of Chicago. I define Chicago books very loosely: written about Chicago, written by a Chicagoan or written by a friend of mine. I welcome requests for reviews, just send a note via the contact form to describe the book and I’ll let you know if I’m interested.

Tours and talks available

In early 2012, I started giving tours of the grounds to share the history of former Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium and its place in Chicago history. The tours are sponsored by the North Park Village Nature Center and offered about twice a year. I also offer private talks with and without slideshows to groups.


Here’s a testimonial from one speaking engagement:

“Many thanks to Frances O’Cherony Archer for her program about the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium–a fascinating story about a holistic and nurturing model of healthcare that, unfortunately, no longer exists. I had a personal interest in the story since my grandfather used to work there as a physician. We had great attendance at the program, including some visitors who are now living in condominiums for older adults on the grounds as well as one woman who was an actual resident. Frances’s presentation was truly engaging and lively and extremely well received by our audience.  The story is a very important one in both the history of Chicago and the history of healthcare.”

— Chuck Freilich

    Director of Repriorment and Lifelong Engagement, Mather Lifeways

“Your presentation to my class from National Louis University was extremely enjoyable for all—for those who lived in the neighborhood and remembered the Sanitarium as well as the others who were fascinated by the history of the disease as well as this unique complex of classical buildings in pristine condition.  None of us realized how TB affected the population in the early 1900’s.  This was an eye-opening learning experience about an illness that fortunately is not part of our heritage, but one we should know about and learn from.  It is amazing that this area still exists–walking through it feels like being in a time warp.  Your research including the historic photos and newspaper articles, first-hand accounts, and delivery were both illuminating and absorbing.  Thank you for your commendable efforts to remember these heroes, their achievements, and the unfortunate victims and their families who deserve a place in our Chicago history.”

–Rosalie Dixler


Lifelong Learning Institute

National Louis University

If you’re interested in booking me to speak to your group in the greater Chicago area, send me an email via my contact form.

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