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The Guild of the Chicago History Museum Hosts an Evening of Thoughtful Political Discussion with Award Winning Journalist Ali Velshi


The Guild of the Chicago History Museum presents, “Making History in Real Time,” an event featuring conversation with award-winning journalist, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News, Ali Velshi on March 12, 2020. Velshi will guide guests through thought provoking questions and insights highlighting the significance of the 2020 presidential election and the state of politics today. Tickets include cocktail reception, dinner, and more. Proceeds from the evening will go toward the Guild’s fundraising initiatives for the Chicago History Museum, including upcoming exhibitions.

“We are thrilled to have Ali Velshi join us for this poignant discussion. As a museum trustee, Ali holds a special place in the heart of the Chicago History Museum,” said Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum. “We are thrilled to hear Ali’s expert insight regarding the role of media in the 2020 election and how history is made in real time.”

In a pivotal time for politics, 2020 holds immense importance in our nation’s politics and history. The power of the vote in America bears great responsibility, and with so many barriers to factual information, it is imperative to question what it means to elect a President for all people. Ali Velshi seeks to lead a discussion that will uncover these questions and delve into deciphering conflicting information in the fast-paced news cycle.

Ali Velshi is an award-winning journalist, author, MSNBC Anchor, and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He has covered domestic, global and economic issues, including the spread and defeat of ISIS, the refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal, and the global financial crisis. Most recently, Ali can be seen on MSNBC weekends, anchoring his own show from 8-10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“This event aligns directly with the Guild’s mission to support the Chicago History Museum,” said Kate Arias, Guild President. “We are honored to have Ali Velshi lead a compelling, educational, and interesting discussion.”

“Making History in Real Time” is a ticketed event, open to the public. The event includes cocktails, dinner, and speaking program. Tickets range in price and must be purchased in advance of the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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