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Sewing as Worship

Today is National Quilting Day, which celebrates all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. The first one was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global day of appreciation for this special art form. In our exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago, we feature a quilt by Chicago South Sider Hanifah Ibrahim.  A Pennsylvania native and convert to Islam, Hanifah Ibrahim expresses her faith and More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is a renowned event rooted in cherished traditions. With not one but two St. Patrick’s Day parades, dyeing the Chicago River, and enjoying a green beer or two, Chicagoans know how to celebrate this beloved holiday. While our celebrations will likely look different this year, we’re not missing the chance to honor the rich history behind one of our More

Time to Spring Forward

It’s almost time to spring forward! Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time tomorrow, March 14, which means your nonsmart clocks will need to be reset to 3:00 a.m. at that point. This Golden Hour clock (1955) made by the Jefferson Electric Co. illustrates a blend of old and new modern design. It has a minimalist glass face set in cast zinc plated with 24-karat gold with More

From All-American to Head Coach

Though this week’s Big Ten men’s basketball conference tournament was moved from Chicago to Indianapolis, there are many Chicago ties among the teams, players, and coaches. One such coach is the University of Michigan’s head coach, and Big Ten Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year, Juwan Howard. Howard was born in Chicago on February 7, More

International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, which recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The first National Woman’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America and observed on February 28, 1909. The following year, at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was proposed that there be More

“A voice in making the law”

On March 1, 1843, Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson was born in Michigan City, Indiana, to Elijah and Guilly Ann Bowman. She was a writer, speaker, and advocate for women’s rights and racial equality. Her mother encouraged her education, and at twelve years old her poetry caught the attention of the mostly white community and she was invited to attend the previously More

“Concert is power”

In February 1853, a new law took effect that prohibited African Americans from settling in Illinois. The law was spearheaded by Democrat John A. Logan and passed by Illinois’s all-white legislature. This exclusion of Black Americans was one of the most egregious stipulations in a series of anti-Black laws passed in Illinois that relegated free More

Amethyst for February

Amethyst is the birthstone for February. The word “amethyst” is derived from “amethystos” in Greek, with the prefix a-, meaning “not,” and methyein “to be drunk with wine,” because the ancient Greeks believed that the stone could prevent or cure drunkenness in its wearer. This watch fob (c. 1910) was made by Carence Crafters, a Chicago-based design firm that specialized in Arts and Crafts–style products. It has a pyramid-cut amethyst in a silver Celtic More

Seeking History, Finding Faith

“The design style was so inspiring, and I remember it just kind of hit me while I was looking at how to make a turban, and I remember I actually had tears.” — Omar Northern This Black History Month we recognize Omar Northern, a Chicago native and Sufi, who is featured in our exhibition American More

Treating Hearts, Growing Minds

February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. The latter was established in 1964 to urge people to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases. Treating certain heart conditions with surgery began in the nineteenth century. One of the first documented successful pericardium (the sac covering the heart) surgeries to treat a wound More