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The Chicago History Museum

Founded in 1856 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Illinois in 1857, the Chicago Historical Society (CHS) is the city’s oldest cultural institution and home to millions of historical objects, images, and documents. Nationally recognized for its holdings, CHS is devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago, as well as selected areas of American history. In 2006, following an extensive building renovation and rebranding initiative, CHS created a new public identity for itself as the Chicago History Museum (CHM), which operates as the building and institutional public presence under the auspices and legal oversight of CHS.

Board of Trustees

Chicago Historical Society Board of Trustees


Professional and civic awards granted to the Museum

Making History Awards

Learn more about the Making History Awards

Annual Report

The 2021 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2020 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2019 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2018 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

The 2017 Chicago History Museum Annual Report

Key Documents

Mission, Vision, Purpose, Past, Present and Future

Chicago History Museum Visioning Report

Chicago History Museum Collection Policy

Chicago History Museum Code of Ethics

Chicago History Museum Digital Future Committee 1.0 Report

Chicago History Museum Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Executive Team

Donald Lassere, Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President

Michael Anderson, Vice President of External Engagement and Development

Thema McDonald, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Cheryl Obermeyer, Vice President of Finance

John Russick, Senior Vice President


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