Disasters pose an enduring civic challenge in how to ensure recovery systems are equitable. Using the Great Chicago Fire as a case study, discover how government policies, social status, decisions, and chance played a role in the rebuilding of Chicago. This teacher workshop includes time in the City on Fire: Chicago 1871 exhibition, primary source analysis activities, and trying your hand at our board game Rubble to Recovery. Leave with classroom resources and a leg up on field trip planning.

Free; 3 PD hours. RSVP required.

scan from original artifact Illustration from Harper's Weekly featuring refugees in Lincoln Park during the Chicago Fire of 1871. CHM, ICHi-002881
Ladies distributing clothing to the victims of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Ladies distributing clothing to the victims of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. CHM, ICHi-002894
Great Fire-Recovery building shanties i002891 Chicago in ruins after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. View of the improvised shanties on the north side, from sketch by Theodore R. Davis. CHM, ICHi-002891
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