Eileen Kreutz
Age: 76
Categories:   Civic/Community   Arts/Entertainment    

Before becoming active in the Chicago lesbian community, Kreutz was part of the peace movement, destroying draft records in Evanston, standing trial, and being acquitted in the early 1970s.

During the mid-'70s, Kreutz was a founding member of WICCA ( Women in Crisis Can Act ) , and soon thereafter, they conceptualized and started Mountain Moving Coffeehouse. She staffed both for many years. She says: "I left a career in social work to become a carpenter and worked on many housing units for the non-profit VOP in Uptown. In addition I did construction for many lesbian home-owners and for Thousand Waves, and helped to develop and teach the training curriculum for Chicago Women in Trades. I spent most summers during those years at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, where I was Carpentry co-coordinator. In 1997, my partner ( since 1986 ) and I moved to the western mountains of Maine, where I found the local lesbians and peaceniks and turned full circle. Now, when not at a Women in Black vigil, tromping with CodePink, or marching on Kennebunkport, you’ll find me in my studio creating stained glasswork, or, depending on the season, skiing or kayaking. My current heroine is Amy Goodman."

  Video Interview Date: 2007-12-13 Interviewer: Tracy Baim

Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community, the book is edited by Tracy Baim and features the contributions of more than 20 prominent historians and journalists. It is published by Surrey Books, an Agate imprint, and is hard cover, 224 pages, 4-color, with nearly 400 photos.
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