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May
08
May
08

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

John N. Low. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago. East Lansing, MI; Michigan State University Press (2016). This is a very unusual and valuable book for those interested in Chicago history or the urban Native American experience. The author is a scholar who also is a member of the Pokagon More

April
24
April
24

Fashioning the Future

CHM curator of costume Petra Slinkard recounts the history of the Museum’s FashioNext program and the upcoming Finale for FashioNext 2017. FashioNext is one of my favorite Chicago History Museum events. It was born out of a program established in 2009 with the opening of Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum, where More

April
10
April
10

A Tribute from France

Posted under Stories by Olivia Mahoney

Between now and November 11, 2018, we will commemorate the centennial of the United States’ participation in World War I. It was one of the greatest conflicts in human history, claiming more than 17 million lives and leaving more than 20 million wounded. The Great War, as it was called, shattered the illusions of an More

March
30
March
30

A Well-Traveled Flag

Posted under Stories by Olivia Mahoney

April 4, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Chicago flag, one of the city’s most familiar symbols. To mark the occasion, CHM is hosting a special event that evening, featuring two flags from the Museum’s collection. The first is from 1920 and has two red stars, as originally designed by Wallace Rice to represent More

March
20
March
20

The Illinois Women’s Agenda

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Collections volunteer Robert Blythe details the history and contents of the Illinois Women’s Agenda records in our Research Center. The records of the Illinois Women’s Agenda (IWA) shed light on the many and varied activities that characterized second-wave feminism in America in the 1970s and 1980s. Established in December 1975, the IWA was a coalition More

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