Through illegal forgery and manipulative means George Wellington «Cap» Streeter attempted to obtain 186 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline from various owners in the late 19th century. Failing in efforts to defraud wealthy landowners, he would be accused of selling poor citizens the disputed land. A portion of the real estate near downtown Chicago, known as Streeterville, is named for him.
During research for writing a screenplay on this infamous local character, Chicago Maritime Museum curator, Don Glasell, discovered many conflicting facts and stories of Streeter’s constant tussles with the city, the law, the landowners and hired hoodlums, who made him and his wives a regular source of notoriety. Don will discuss his findings at the August Third Friday Open House.
In addition to his curator position, Don is a well-known Great Lakes sailor, having sailed 55 Chicago/Mackinac races. A former film and television producer, Don is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
The Open House is from 7 to 10 p.m on Friday, August 18. Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. The museum is located at 1200 W. 35th, inside the Bridgeport Art Center. Parking is free on the north side of the building. Museum entrance is free on Third Fridays, but the presentation is $5 for members and $10 for non-members at the door. You can now pay online on our website at: chicagomaritimemuseum.org/event/third-friday-stories-captain-streeter-presented-don-glasell/
The Operating Board of CMM will continue supporting Third Friday Open House with a light food and beverage table.