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Educator Program

Virtual Teacher Book Club

Saturday, January 21

Saturdays, January 21 & February 25, 9:00 a.m.‒12:00 p.m. with online engagement in between sessions

Join our book club designed just for educators! This year, we’re reading Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City by Carl Smith. Though the book was not written expressly for teen readers, Smith’s writing style makes it approachable for middle and high school students and provides a wealth of content knowledge about not just the city before and after the fire, but also the lives of the people who called Chicago home and the inequities of recovery.

During the second session, author Carl Smith, the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University, joins us to share about the Great Chicago Fire, talk about his research, and answer any burning questions you might have.

Online engagement fosters rich discussions, practical resources, and instructional strategies to teach the social history of the Great Chicago Fire. We’ll also share some of our favorite children’s and young adult books about the Great Chicago Fire and crowdsource your favorites!

21 PD hours; must attend both sessions and participate in online discussions.

$50; includes a copy of the book.

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Carl S. Smith, Professor Emeritus of English and History at Northwestern University
Illustration of the legend of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow kicking over a lamp to start the Chicago Fire of 1871, Chicago. ICHi-034703
Lithograph by Currier and Ives titled Chicago in Flames. Scene from the Chicago Fire of 1871. CHM, ICHi-023436
View of the Chicago Fire of 1871 at night under full moon, Chicago, Illinois.

The Details



21 st

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.



$ 50

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories