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November
29
November
29

Fashions of the Hour: The Axis of Art and Industry

Posted under Research by Marissa Croft

This post is from Marissa Croft, CHM’s research and insights analyst and author of our Fashion and Costume Research Guide. As a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, she also researches the clothing of the French Revolution and women’s clothing reform movements of the 19th century. As December dawns, many Chicagoans may find themselves fondly reminiscing More

November
21
November
21

Seeing Yourself in Sacred Texts

Posted under Research by Rebekah Coffman

This year, National Bible Week began Sunday, November 20, and ends on Saturday, November 26, 2022. To mark the occasion, CHM curator of religion and community history Rebekah Coffman highlights a remarkable illustrated publication in CHM’s collection. National Bible Week originated in 1941 under US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, when founders of the National Bible More

October
27
October
27

CHM Staff Spotlight: Elena Gonzales

Posted under Research by Elena Gonzales

Elena Gonzales joined the Chicago History Museum in spring 2021 as a guest curator and began as the Curator of Civic Engagement and Social Justice in October 2022. In this blog post, she talks about her work at CHM and how she approaches it. Elena Gonzales. Image credit: Ben Gonzales What led you to the More

October
26
October
26

The Birth of the Báb and Baháʼu’lláh

Posted under Collections by Rebekah Coffman

From sundown on Tuesday, October 25, through sundown on Thursday, October 27, followers of the Baha’i faith will be celebrating important Twin Holidays: the birth of the Báb (Arabic: the Gate) and birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic: Glory of God), its two foundational figures. In recognition, we look to the Chicago History Museum’s collection of pamphlets More

October
25
October
25

Resurrection Mary, The Hitchhiking Ghost of Archer Avenue

Posted under Collections by Jojo Galvan

This ghostly image was taken at the Electric Theater night club at 4812 North Clark St., Chicago, April 5, 1968. ST-10003431-0024, Chicago Sun-Times Collection, CHM Chicagoland has a lot of ghost stories, but none are as well-known as the infamous Resurrection Mary, the hitchhiking ghost who haunts the roadsides of Archer Avenue. Mary has different More

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