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Masks required in Abakanowicz Research Center; optional for rest of Museum MORE

October
17
October
17

Scotty Piper, “The Dancing Tailor of 47th Street”

Posted under Collections by Jessica Pushor

In our latest blog post, CHM costume collection manager Jessica Pushor talks about the fascinating life of Louis “Scotty” Piper, his career as a tailor, and his generous donations to the Chicago History Museum. Piper is one of the designers featured in Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection, which runs through January 16, 2023. More

February
09
February
09

Ella G. Berry: Civic and Political Activist

Portrait of Ella G. Berry. Published on in The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs 1900–1922 by Elizabeth Lindsey Davis, 1922. CHM, ICHi-177302A Ella Berry was born Ella Tucker in 1876 in Stanford, Kentucky. Little is known about her father, Dave Tucker, but in 1870, her mother, Matilda Portman, was working as More

October
21
October
21

Timuel Black, Weaver of Life and History

Posted under Stories by Guest authors

Last week, noted Chicago historian, teacher, mentor, author, and civil rights leader Timuel Black died at the age of 102. Here, Warren Chapman, the second vice chair of the Chicago Historical Society’s board of trustees, and John Russick, CHM senior vice president, reflect on Black’s life as well as his work and impact on the More

September
04
September
04

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Posted under Stories by Brittany Hutchinson

To mark Labor Day and Chicago’s long history of labor activism, CHM assistant curator Brittany Hutchinson recounts how the Pullman Company’s porters formed the first all-Black labor union in the US to address low wages, long hours, and mistreatment from passengers.   In August 1925, A. Philip Randolph was elected president the newly formed Brotherhood More

May
13
May
13

An Organizer and Advocate for Black Women

Posted under Women's History by Guest Author

In this blog post, CHM curatorial intern Brigid Kennedy recounts the life of Irene McCoy Gaines as part of a series in which we share the stories of local women who made history in anticipation of an exhibition about Chicago women and the vote. Irene McCoy Gaines devoted her career in politics and advocacy to More

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