I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night

Old Town School faculty member Peggy Browning, artist Peg Lipschutz and Old Town School Executive Director Bau Graves pose with Lipschutz' portrait of song writer, musician, activist and martyr Joe Hill. The portrait was officially added to the Old Town School's permanent collection on May 30, and is on display in the main lobby of the West Building, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

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The project to purchase the painting was headed up by Browning, a member of the Old Town School faculty since 2006, and folk musician Mark Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the school.

"Our initial goal was to raise $1,600 to purchase the painting for the school and have it framed." said Browning. "We held a very successful event last December and the donations came pouring in. We not only raised enough to purchase the work, but also made a gift of over $3,200 to the Old Town School Building Fund in the name of Joe Hill."

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Members of the team that brought Joe Hill to the Old Town School from L to R: Judy Higgins, graphic design, Peggy Lipschutz, artist, Jerri Zbrial,  coordinator, Joe Hill, Peggy Browning, art fund director and in the back, folk musician Mark Dvorak.

"In a way," said Lipschutz, who turns 95 this year, "the line in the song about Joe has come true. 'I never died,' said he."

View a short film interview with Peg Lipschutz.

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