Nineteenth Century Programs

A Tradition of Excellence
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association has a long history of providing engaging and entertaining programming. Some of our notable presenters have included Amelia Earhart, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes.

We offer the following programs:

Monday Enrichment ProgramMonday Enrichment Programs
Our programs capture the cultural diversity and love of learning that’s so evident in Oak Park and its surrounding communities. Topics addressed range from art and music to science, social sciences and literature. We pride ourselves in truly offering something for everyone and particularly strive to emphasize the history and culture of Chicago.

Mind BoggleMind Boggle
This program was created in 2018 
as an evening program that will challenge the audience to view both sides of a topic or issue. Lively debates between the presenter and the audience, and sometimes within the audience debate often occur and all leave the event more informed and invigorated.




Henry Fogel PresentsHenry Fogel Presents
This program is a collaboration between the NCCA and Henry Fogel, whose background as former President and CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and host of WFMT's Collector's Corner makes him a classical music legend. Henry Fogel Presents brings diverse musical talent to our stage four times a year. Mr. Fogel hosts the evening and interviews the musicians between sets. 



Tai ChiTai Chi
Tai Chi is a type of low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic -- yet relaxing -- exercise. It began as a martial art. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, Tai Chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. The meditation is sometimes called "moving meditation".