Chicago History Minute

On August 29, 1886, a bolt of lightning struck the powder storage of the Laflin and Rand explosive manufacturers in Brighton Park, leaving a twenty-foot crater and damage for miles around.
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Visitor Information

Welcome to the Research Center

 

While many research resources are available online, much of the collection is only available through a visit to the Chicago History Museum. Staff research specialists provide assistance to Research Center visitors, but be sure to plan your visit in advance to make the most of your time.

Learn more about:

> The scope of the collection

> Hours and location

> Policies and rules

> Photocopying

> History Fair

> Research help

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