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  • The Marshall Field & Company Collection

    The Marshall Field & Company Collection

    Go behind the scenes with Collections volunteer Robert Blythe as he details the history and some of the artifacts in our Marshall Field & Company collection. In 2006, many Chicago-area residents were crestfallen when all Marshall Field & Company stor…
    - 13 Dec 16, 4:39pm -
  • The Allure of Immortality

    The Allure of Immortality

    In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. Lyn Millner.  The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet.  Gainesville, University of Flori…
    - 5 Dec 16, 5:17pm -
  • Explore Chicago Collections!

    Explore Chicago Collections!

    CHM director of Research and Access Ellen Keith recounts the milestones and achievements of Explore Chicago Collections in its first year. She recently spoke about it at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference. Did you know that the Ch…
    - 2 Nov 16, 7:37pm -
  • 108 Changes since 1908

    108 Changes since 1908

    It is a well-known fact that the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series title in 1908. The 1908 Chicago Cubs team at West Side Grounds after winning the World Series. Photograph by the Chicago Daily News, SDN-006934A In the 108 years since, a lot has h…
    - 28 Oct 16, 9:52pm -
  • All About the Details

    All About the Details

    As a preview to the opening of Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier, volunteer Kristin Bernstein explains the process behind building props and determining accessories for the mannequins featured in the exhibition. In Making Mainbocher, ma…
    - 14 Oct 16, 7:25pm -
  • Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

    Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

    In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. Timothy Stewart-Winter. Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). “Th…
    - 20 Sep 16, 9:43pm -
  • Managing Collections Storage

    Managing Collections Storage

    Senior collection manager Britta Keller Arendt explains how the collections staff keeps track of our artifacts. One question that Museum staff are frequently asked is “How many artifacts do you have in there?”, which is quickly followed by “How…
    - 12 Aug 16, 6:28pm -
  • I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920

    I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920

    In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. Ulrike Groos and Sven Beckstette. I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920 / Kunst und Jazz Seit 1920. Stuttgart, Prestel (2015). Ulrike G…
    - 7 Jun 16, 6:39pm -
  • Women Who Changed the World

    Women Who Changed the World

    In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. Laurie Calkhoven. Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. New York: Scholastic (2015). This is a book for children that, not…
    - 23 May 16, 6:52pm -
  • Forty Blocks Oral History Interviews

    Forty Blocks Oral History Interviews

    DePaul University interns Catrien Egbert and Yasmin Mitchel are working on the Museum’s latest oral history initiative, Forty Blocks: The East Garfield Park Oral History Project. Through DePaul’s public history program, they were students of Pe…
    - 16 May 16, 9:35pm -
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