The Urban History Seminar series feature a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. LaDale Winling of Virginia Tech and Maura Fennelly of Northwestern University present “The Chicago Covenants Project: Excavating the Documents of Exclusion.”

The Chicago Covenants Project is a volunteer-driven research effort to identify every racially restrictive covenant in Cook County. Fennelly and Winling will detail the collaborative research process to find covenants in the millions of analogue real estate documents held by the county clerk. They will also share some of their findings, from mapping the widespread use of covenants to detailing the forms of legal resistance to covenants offered by African Americans.

This in-person session is free of charge and includes complimentary coffee and tea. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. 

The Urban History Seminars have been generously underwritten by the Chicago History Museum since 1983.


Ladale Winling
LaDale Winling

LaDale Winling is an associate professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He leads the Chicago Covenants Project, is co-creator of Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America, and author of the book Building the Ivory Tower: Universities and Metropolitan Development in the Twentieth Century.

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Maura Fennelly

Maura Fennelly is a PhD candidate in sociology at Northwestern University and research coordinator for the Chicago Covenants Project. She studies the relationships between housing, organizations, residential life, and inequality.

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