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August
06
August
06

Crossing Parish Boundaries

Timothy B. Neary. Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago: 1915–1954. Chicago, University of Chicago Press (2016). The author makes good on his promise to tell “the little-known and largely forgotten story of Catholic interracialism prior to the modern civil rights movement.” Founded in 1930, the Catholic Youth Organization brought together boys More

    July
    24
    July
    24

    Bertha Baur: Civic Leader, Feminist, Republican Party Powerhouse

    Posted under Collections by Robert Blythe

    Known today as a Democratic Party stronghold, Chicago has ties to the Grand Old Party dating to Abraham Lincoln’s times. One twentieth-century GOP stalwart was Bertha Baur, who long made her home at 1511 Astor Street in the Gold Coast. National Republican Committeewoman for Illinois from 1928 to 1952, Mrs. Baur had a groundbreaking career More

    July
    17
    July
    17

    The Creation of the Special Olympics

    Posted under Collections by Guest authors

    This past winter and spring, CHM collections interns processed the Museum’s Special Olympics Chicago records under the supervision of archivist Julie Wroblewski. Erin Glasco handled the manuscript material, while Ashley Clark handled the photographic portion. The Special Olympics Chicago records detail the history and trajectory of the Special Olympics here since the first games were More

      July
      10
      July
      10

      Through Different Eyes

      Posted under Exhibitions by Guest author

      Liliana Macias is a graduate student in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a gallery engagement associate in Race: Are We So Different? since January and reflects on her experience in this blog post. I have been working in Race for five months and by now More

      May
      03
      May
      03

      Come and Find Me: Cataloging for Discoverability

      Posted under Collections by Dana Lamparello

      As part of Monday Night Nitrates, our weekly photograph series, CHM collections staff is blogging about the process of digitizing approximately 35,000 nitrate negatives, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In this post, CHM senior archivist Dana Lamparello writes about making the images discoverable for research. In many ways, the More

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