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Interactive Talk | Chicago Film History: Seeing Selig

A first kiss, a wizard, and a private zoo? William Selig, a former magician, became a moving picture pioneer who made his name in Chicago, but, until recently, his work—including Something Good – Negro Kiss and The Tramp and the Dog—had been lost to time. His film career began in 1896 when he manufactured a More


Virtual Panel Discussion | Ali and King: Champions of Civic Justice

Illinois is the first state to pass legislation making Muhammad Ali’s birthday—January 17—a commemorative holiday every year! This year is the first observance of Muhammad Ali Day, which in 2022 is shared with MLK Day. The commemoration of two exciting American champions of civic justice on the same day provides us with an historic moment to More


Thema McDonald

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Thema McDonald is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Chicago History Museum. McDonald is responsible for building public and media awareness, contributing to the success of the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, increasing visitor attendance and revenue, and delivering marketing solutions organization-wide. She is committed to developing More


Cheryl Obermeyer

Vice President of Finance Experience: Chicago History Museum (Vice President of Finance, 2007-present; Director of Information Technology, 2004-2006; Director of Accounting and Information Services, 1997-2003; Director of Accounting, 1991-1996; Accounting Manager, 1984-1990; Accounting Assistant, 1982-1984) Education: Professional development throughout her career at the Museum included studies in Information Technology Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit More


Donald Lassere

Donald Lassere, Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President and CEO February 2021 Donald Lassere will join the Chicago History Museum as the Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President and CEO on April 12, 2021. In his capacity as President and CEO, Mr. Lassere will serve as CHM’s primary champion, advocate, and spokesperson. He More

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