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December
01
December
01

A Quiet Start to the Atomic Age

Posted under Stories by Esther D. Wang

For the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, CHM assistant editor Esther D. Wang recaps the events leading up to that moment, highlighting the youngest and only female member of the team. On December 2, 1942, a team of scientists at the University of Chicago silently sipped Chianti from paper cups More

November
03
November
03

Coming Soon – Chicago ØØ: A Century of Progress

Posted under Stories by Julius L. Jones

CHM digital content manager Julius L. Jones writes about Chicago ØØ: A Century of Progress, a forthcoming virtual reality app on the 1933–34 world’s fair and the third installment in the Chicago ØØ series. Chicago ØØ is an ongoing venture to create new media experiences with CHM’s extensive photograph, film, and audio archive and to tell the More

October
13
October
13

World Series Champs during World War I

Posted under Stories by Peter T. Alter

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the White Sox winning the 1917 World Series, CHM historian Peter T. Alter looks back at the team and its activities within the context of that year. Saturday, October 6, 1917, dawned chilly and wet in Chicago. A thirteen-year-old White Sox fan, James T. Farrell, left his More

October
09
October
09

From Ashes to Terra-Cotta

Posted under Stories by Olivia Mahoney

CHM senior curator Olivia Mahoney writes about a Chicago innovation that helped the city recover from the 1871 fire in a surprisingly beautiful way. This year marks the 146th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that blazed through the city from October 8 to 10, 1871. One of the worst urban fires in American history More

August
24
August
24

North Lawndale Oral Histories, part 3

Posted under Stories by Guest authors

In this installation of the North Lawndale History Project series, North Lawndale Minow Fellows Zilah Harris and Wynton Alexander discuss the favorite parts of their oral history interview with a former Black Panther. Billy Lamar Brooks Sr., also known as Billy Ché or Ché, was born in Mississippi in 1948 and moved to Chicago in More

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