About Us

Shorefront is governed by a working Board of Directors. Additional support comes from the Board of Advisors and Honorary Board. As a nonprofit historical organization, Shorefront activities are supported by generous contributions, memberships and grants.

  • Board of Directors

    Herman “Chip” Ratliff
    President

    Genie Lemieux-Jordan
    Treasurer

    Margo E. Robinson
    Secretary

    Violetta Cullen

    Angela Ford

    Horace “Kris” Graves

    Steve Lemieux-Jordan

    Board of Advisors

    Rev. Dr. Gessel Berry, Jr.

    Elizabeth Brasher

    Karen R. Chavers

    Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D.

    Parneshia Jones

    Don D. Patterson

    Morris E. Robinson, Sr.

    Mary A. Trujillo, Ph.D

    Honorary Board

    George Dotson

    Emma Harmon

    Alderman Delores Holmes

    Rose Johnson

    William Logan, Jr.

    Lorraine H. Morton

    Hecky Powell

    Leon Robinson

    Oliver Ruff

    Geri Sizemore

    Volunteer Staff and resident scholar

    Dino Robinson
    Founder and Director

    Doria Johnson
    Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin Madison

    Past Directors

    Debi Chess Mabie, 2004-2007

    Joi-Anissa Russell, 2008-2012

  • Historical list of interns

    Volunteer at the Legacy Center! Shorefront is an active acquisition center with over 170 cubic feet of documents and other tangible, many in need of further processing. Enhance your education with hands-on projects in reporting, scanning, preserving, research and cataloging both for individual credit fulfillment or long-termed classroom projects.

    BMRC Interns

    Dustin Wistman, 2012

    Angelique Schuler, 2013

    BMRC Fellows

    Dr. Mary Barr, 2012 Summer

    Doria Johnson, 2012 Summer

    College

    Tracy Francis, 2010-11
    Oakton Community College

    Syndhia Javier, Spring 2011
    Lake Forest College

    Talia M. Shambee, Summer 2011
    Lake Forest College

    Cassandra Harlan, 2011-14
    Dominican University/Intern, Volunteer

    Elizabeth Sanderson, Fall 2014
    Dominican University/Intern

    High School

    Laura Baker, Spring 2010
    Evanston Township High School

    Shoshanna Marie, Summer 2012
    St. Scholastica

    Taylor Avery, Summer 2012
    Evanston Township High School

    Past Volunteers

    Andy Brommel

    Serena Brommel

    Lee Cabot

    Lelia Lemieux-Jordan

    Lilly Lemieux-Jordan

    Lauren Robinson

  • Historical list of grantors and major contributors

    Consider supporting Shorefront so that we can continue the programs, activities and outreach that benefit the entire North Shore communities. Thank you to the following entities and people for your support over the years.

    Major Grantors

    Major Supporters


    • Lee Cabot and Luke DiPasquale
    • David Covin
    • Evanston Community Foundation
    • Evanston History Center
    • Evanston Photographic Studio
    • State Rep. Robyn Gable
    • State Rep. Julie Hamos
    • William Jackson
    • Robert and Sharon Jordan
    • Murry and Cynthia Kelly
    • Bill and Marcia Logan
    • Debi and Clint Mabie
    • Susan Manning
    • Annie and Skip Myslenski
    • Nicki and Greg Pearson
    • Bart and Catherine Rocca
    • Photo Grafix
    • Robinson Design
    • Robinson Family Foundation
    • Morris & Margo Robinson
    • Warren and Suzanne Robinson
    • S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky
    • State Rep. Jeff Schoenburg
    • Cook Count Comm. Larry Suffredin
    • Kathryn Wimp

    And from the hundreds of members supporting Shorefront over the years.

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    DINO ROBINSON

    Dino Robinson’s independent research in 1995 led to the establishment of the Shorefront Legacy Center in 2002 to further the work in the collection and preservation of historic Black communities in Chicago’s northern suburbs. He is a past board president of the Evanston History Center and a founding board member of the Organization of Black Designers, Chicago (now Osmosis). Dino holds a degree in Advertising design with a minor in African American studies from Loyola University, Chicago. He has held creative positions in advertising, operated his own design firm and currently is at Northwestern University Press.

    Within Shorefront, his avocation, Dino has written three books, produced the quarterly Shorefront Journal for ten years and its later transition to an online journal, designed and assembled multiple exhibits, lectured in multiple venues and established a growing archive of more than 120 linear feet of archival material related to the local Black communities.

    Dino is the recipient of several awards including: The Community Leadership Association “Distinguished Leadership Award” (2002), Sappi “Ideas that Matter” (2004), the Mayors Award for the Arts (2008), and the Evanston NAACP Education award (2010). He has appeared on WTTW Chicago Tonight, Channel 7, local Cable Access TV, Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Chicago Reader and various local North Shore Publications.

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    DORIA JOHNSON

    An Evanston native, Ms. Johnson is a PhD Candidate in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a University of Chicago, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Summer Fellow recipient and is doing her work at the Shorefront Legacy Center.

    Ms. Johnson’s research examines the community, businesses, institutions and society our ancestors created. Specifically, she is studying the migration of African Americans from the South to Evanston, Illinois, a “domestic service suburb,” from 1910 to 1945.

    Ms. Johnson routinely posts to her blog, Negro Scholar, on and about her experience as Black woman, a PhD candidate, life in Evanston, opinion, observations and critical though.

    Ms. Johnson’s work “I Am Not What You Think I Am: African American Women in Evanston, Illinois” explores women’s life between 1920 and 1950, specifically those who worked as maids.