Village History Museum Presents "The REAL Story of the Untouchables"

Village History Museum Presents "The REAL Story of the Untouchables"
Posted on 01/20/2018

The Village of Orland Park History Museum presents Capone vs Ness: The REAL Story of the Untouchables on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Joseph Geringer, author, actor and historian, offers a thrilling 60 minute presentation about the government's fight against Capone's gunmen and their stranglehold on Chicago.

Born in St. Sabina Parish on Chicago's south side, Geringer grew up in St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park and graduated from Leo High School and St. Xavier University.

"I grew up with an Irish mother who drummed in my head the value and color of history," Geringer said. "When other kids were watching Huckleberry Hound or Yogi Bear, I was learning about the Roaring 20s or the Civil War from my mom."

In his presentation, Geringer will explain how Capone's empire stretched deep into the western and southern suburbs.

"My dad grew up in Bridgeport and lived next door to a real life gangster who he described as 'the nicest guy on the block.' The kids loved him but he was rubbed out one day mowing his lawn," Geringer recalled.

Geringer wrote a full length play published by Samuel French and performed by semi-professional playhouses in Chicago. "Near to Me: An Irish Gangster's Love Story."

"It's a memory play really, based partly on my family that lived in St. Sabina's in the 20s and partly on real events that neighbors remembered," Geringer explained.

Geringer's Untouchables presentation takes the audience back to Chicago during the rat-a-tat days of the early 1930s.

Hear the clatter of the Model A Ford, the rumble of streetcars, brassy jazz and the staccato of Thompson guns. Learn little-known facts about "Scarface Al" and the intrepid Department of Justice agent, Eliot Ness, who helped to bring him down.

Geringer, who has researched the subject for 30 years, has appeared on the History Channel and authored many magazine articles, Internet books and a play about Prohibition Chicago. He has spoken about different eras in history throughout the Chicago area.

Robin Lif, of the Lockport Genealogical and Historical Society, wrote, "Our members unanimously want you back again for our annual dinner." Eileen Strong, with the Hinsdale Women's Club, "You brought me back in time --- so vividly!"

Pre-registration is required at the Orland Park Recreation Department, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue. The cost is $9 for village residents/employees and $14 for non-residents. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.

The presentation will be held at the museum, 14415 Beacon Avenue. Free parking is available behind the building.