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July
24
July
24

Bertha Baur: Civic Leader, Feminist, Republican Party Powerhouse

Posted under Collections by Robert Blythe

Known today as a Democratic Party stronghold, Chicago has ties to the Grand Old Party dating to Abraham Lincoln’s times. One twentieth-century GOP stalwart was Bertha Baur, who long made her home at 1511 Astor Street in the Gold Coast. National Republican Committeewoman for Illinois from 1928 to 1952, Mrs. Baur had a groundbreaking career More

July
17
July
17

The Creation of the Special Olympics

Posted under Collections by Guest authors

This past winter and spring, CHM collections interns processed the Museum’s Special Olympics Chicago records under the supervision of archivist Julie Wroblewski. Erin Glasco handled the manuscript material, while Ashley Clark handled the photographic portion. The Special Olympics Chicago records detail the history and trajectory of the Special Olympics here since the first games were More

    July
    10
    July
    10

    Through Different Eyes

    Posted under Exhibitions by Guest author

    Liliana Macias is a graduate student in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a gallery engagement associate in Race: Are We So Different? since January and reflects on her experience in this blog post. I have been working in Race for five months and by now More

    May
    03
    May
    03

    Come and Find Me: Cataloging for Discoverability

    Posted under Collections by Dana Lamparello

    As part of Monday Night Nitrates, our weekly photograph series, CHM collections staff is blogging about the process of digitizing approximately 35,000 nitrate negatives, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In this post, CHM senior archivist Dana Lamparello writes about making the images discoverable for research. In many ways, the More

    April
    17
    April
    17

    The First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

                                    M. Jane Johansson, ed. Albert C. Ellithorpe the First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press (2016). The title is a mouthful, but the fact is that this intriguing More

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