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May
22
May
22

Muralist Trinidad Castillo and His Journey

Posted under Exhibitions by Guest authors

As part of their public history class, DePaul University students Anne Crowe, Patrick Elliott, Joshua Khalilian, and Andrea Weiss-Tracy explore the life and work of Chicago artist Trinidad Castillo in this blog post. The Chicago History Museum commissioned Castillo to paint a mural for its exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago. The students’ course More

May
15
May
15

An Eyewitness to Studs

Posted under Stories by Peter T. Alter

To mark what would have been the 108th birthday of Studs Terkel, Peter T. Alter, CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History, reflects on the memorable moments he shared with Studs at the Museum and Studs’s enduring cultural influence.  When I started working at the Chicago History Museum in 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

April
08
April
08

A Champion for Chicago’s Teachers

Posted under Women's History by Guest Author

In this blog post, CHM curatorial intern Brigid Kennedy recounts the life of Margaret Haley 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. Born in 1861 in Joliet, Illinois, Margaret Haley was a suffragist and More

March
11
March
11

A Pillar of Quiet Strength

CHM assistant curator Brittany Hutchinson recounts the life of Mary Koga. This blog post is part of a series in which we share the stories of local women who made history in anticipation of CHM’s upcoming exhibition Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote. “My lens is attracted to people and their inner strengths and More

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