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August
29
August
29

Money Talks

Posted under Collections by Guest author

This summer, CHM collections intern Brittany Boettcher worked with senior collections manager Britta Keller Arendt to inventory items in our Decorative and Industrial Arts collection. In this blog post, Boettcher highlights some Civil War artifacts and explains how differences between Confederate bills answered the questions she had about where and when they were printed. CHM 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

    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

    March
    13
    March
    13

    Inside the Collection – Garden of Eden Serpent Skin

    Posted under Research by Guest author

      Inside the Collection is a video series that invites you into the Chicago History Museum’s storage spaces to explore unusual, interesting artifacts from our vast collection. In this installment, senior collection manager Britta Keller Arendt shows us the skin of the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. This artifact came to More

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