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January
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January
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What’s Glove Got to Do with It?

Posted under Collections by Esther D. Wang

When you work at a museum, you wear specific gloves when handling certain artifacts, most of the time. Researchers and visitors often ask us why, so here’s a bit more about why we love our gloves. Just a portion of the glove supply in the Collections office. All images by Esther Wang At the Chicago More

December
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December
14

The Marshall Field & Company Collection

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Collections volunteer Robert Blythe details the history of artifacts in our Marshall Field & Company collection. In 2006, many Chicago-area residents were crestfallen when all Marshall Field & Company stores were rebranded as Macy’s stores. A local institution, Field’s was the premier Midwestern department store with industry-leading customer service standards. Generations of Chicagoans cherish their More

December
05
December
05

The Allure of Immortality

Lyn Millner. The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet.  Gainesville, University of Florida Press (2015). How many visitors to today’s Fort Myers Beach, Florida, have any idea that this was the site of one of the most peculiar of America’s religious utopias?  Cyrus Teed, who saw himself as a More

November
02
November
02

Explore Chicago Collections

Posted under Research by Ellen Keith

CHM director of Research and Access Ellen Keith recounts the milestones and achievements of Explore Chicago Collections in its first year. She recently spoke about it at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference. Did you know that the Chicago History Museum is one of the founding members of the Chicago Collections Consortium? This organization of More

October
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October
28

108 Changes since 1908

Posted under Stories by Esther D. Wang

It is a well-known fact that the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series title in 1908. The 1908 Chicago Cubs team at West Side Grounds after winning the World Series. Photograph by the Chicago Daily News, SDN-006934A   In the 108 years since, a lot has happened. Here are a few highlights: William Howard More

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