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Virtual Event | Members’ Open House, Day 2

Thursday, May 26

The CHM Members’ Open House provides members and Historical Alliance with exclusive access to Museum collections and staff. It’s a great opportunity to hear about all of the Museum’s upcoming projects, exhibitions, and programs from the comfort of their own home. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes!

Wednesday, May 25 is being offered as an in-person Members’ Open House, and Thursday, May 26 will be Virtual Members’ Open House. If you plan to attend both days, please be sure to register for both.

This event is FREE for CHM members and Historical Alliance. You may attend all or some of the sessions. If you register for Thursday, you will receive links to access all of the day’s sessions (except the CHM Trivia Extravaganza). These links will arrive via email the week of the event. The link to participate in the CHM Trivia Extravaganza will be sent to registrants separately.

Questions? Members and Historical Alliance should contact Justina Doyle, member relations manager, at [email protected]



4:00 p.m. – Indigenous Chicago
Join John N. Low, associate professor of comparative studies at Ohio State University, as he walks you through Indigenous Chicago before Europeans arrived. Hear about the 1833 Treaty of Chicago, how the Pokagon Potawatomi were allowed to stay, and the Pokagon Potawatomi land claim to the Chicago lakefront that culminated in their 1917 petition to the US Supreme Court.

5:00 p.m. – Meeting Schools Where They Are: Virtual Engagement with CHM Educators
Discover the ways CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark have been engaging students during the pandemic. View the newest gallery tour video “City on Fire: Wooden City” and try your hand at some of the embedded activities. Moisan and Clark will share stories and stats from their work with students and teachers during these ever-changing times, as well as their thoughts on what the next school year holds. This session will be fun for all ages, especially for families and teachers.

6:00 p.m. – The Lesser-Known and No Longer Existing Neighborhoods of Chicago
In this session, Peter T. Alter, CHM Gary T. Johnson Chief Historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History, talks about the gone and sometimes forgotten neighborhoods of Chicago. Hear about where they are/were located, how they came into being, and what the areas are today.

7:00 p.m. – Two options:

Curate Means Care
We hear the term “curate” a lot these days—curated playlists, curated closets, curated newsfeeds. But curating is not only about choice, it’s also about care. In this talk, Elena Gonzales, CHM guest curator for the Chicago Latino Project and author of Exhibitions for Social Justice, introduces the various kinds of care that go into her curatorial work at the Museum and what curatorial care means for the way we create exhibitions.

CHM Trivia Extravaganza
Think you know Chicago’s history? Join CHM staff as they test your knowledge of it through images from CHM’s visual materials collection. Responses will be scored during the event, and we’ll announce the winner at the end. In the event of a tie, all top scoring teams will be declared winners. Participants must register for this event. Registration ends on Sunday, May 22.

The Details



26 th

4:00–8:00 p.m.

Event Location


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories