Meet Berwyn’s Creatives: Beverly Weable of the Berwyn Historical Society
Welcome to Meet Berwyn’s Creatives! Berwyn has become a hot spot for urban professionals, entrepreneurs and creatively minded individuals. From musicians to crafters, small business owners to dedicated team members, Berwyn is home to a remarkable group of movers and shakers who keep our community vibrant. This segment gives us a chance to get to know what makes our local leaders tick! Enjoy!
Meet the fabulous Beverly Weable of the Berwyn Historical Society
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Current Residence (Town): Berwyn, IL
All About Beverly: I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Chicago a year after meeting my husband on a New Year’s trip to Chicago. I left four siblings, 16 nieces and nephews and 18 (so far) great nieces and nephews in Georgia and only go back to visit. After getting married in 2003, we chose to move to Berwyn two years later. Little did we know when we chose our simple bungalow on Ridgeland Avenue that Berwyn would be “the place” for us. My husband and I volunteered at the first Berwyn Historical Society house walk in June of 2006 and have volunteered at almost all of the nine tours since. This is the first year that I am the tour chairwoman.
The Business Side: I studied to be an English teacher but ended up in Information Technology five years after leaving the classroom. I used my English degree and teaching experience to get a job as a software trainer, which was then a logical transition into Business Analysis. I have been with the same company in downtown Chicago for almost as long as I have been in Chicagoland—over 17 years now. I am a Certified Business Analysis Professional (#198) and Certified Scrum Product Owner—the former being much more difficult to acquire than the latter—and truly enjoy my work.
Describe yourself using 3 words.
It’s hard to pick just 3. I like to think I am well-balanced between work and play, selfless and selfish, organized and messy, serious and funny. The balance helps especially as I have been helping to pull together this year’s 11th annual historic Berwyn’s Bungalows and More tour. I am treating myself to the Hamilton matinee the Wednesday after the tour.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the generosity and kindness of people. My mom raised us to always give back, and I am drawn to that in others. In addition to volunteering for the Berwyn Historical Society (BHS), I am a 10-year volunteer at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and a 12-year volunteer with the Respiratory Health Association. I am surrounded by friends who volunteer and serve in the community. There are forty-plus volunteers that make this house tour happen and as I have been going out in the Berwyn Gardens neighborhood finding homes for this year’s Bungalows and More tour, I have been and continue to be inspired by the generosity of the homeowners. What I see in these other volunteers and public servants is that they are living out the Golden Rule.
Tell us something that people might not know about you.
When I did the Myers Briggs assessment I actually scored really high on the introvert scale. It was not as much of a surprise to me because I know that my downtime is very important. Engaging with people does feed a core part of me, but when I’m done, I am done. That is when a good book, movie or TV show binge gets me back on track. My husband will come into the living room and say, “How many Hallmark movies are you going to watch?”
I also worked as an assistant English teacher in Japan from 1988 to 1990! I helped Japanese teachers of English as part of the government-sponsored Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program. I worked for a small city in central Japan, where I had a view of the mountains and sea from my second story apartment in a businessman’s hotel. I was in contact with every child from kindergarten to 9th grade in Namerikawa, Toyama-ken because I split my time between the two middle schools, and every Friday I worked in a different elementary school. I traveled all around Japan and even went to Seoul and Thailand while in that part of the world. It was a wonderful experience!
What is your favorite Karaoke song and why?
When I taught English in Japan, I did a lot of karaoke. My favorite song to sing became a Japanese wedding love song called “Kampai” (find a youtube link). But, when I was able to sing “My Way” in Japanese I knew it was time to get back to home!
What gets you through a rough day?
Knowing that I have my little Berwyn life to come home to at the end of the day certainly helps. My nice little house and backyard, maybe a margarita at the Fill Up Station and a Berwyn’s Best dinner from Tacos Y Salsa with some of my favorite people gets me through a rough day at work.
Would you rather meet your ancestors or descendants?
Since I decided long ago not to have children, I would have to say that I would like to meet some of my Ancestors, especially the ones who made the decision to leave Ireland, Wales, Germany, and France to make a life in this country.
Are you a history buff? An architecture lover? A proud Berwynner or a curious out-of-towner? Berwyn Historical Society’s 11th Annual Bungalow Tour: Bungalows and More on Sunday, September 24 is just what you’re after! From noon until 5pm, the tour will showcase houses and historical sites in the Berwyn Gardens neighborhood. Tour goers will see how older houses have been preserved and adapted for modern living (information courtesy of BHS). Scoop up your tickets HERE.