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#OnThisDay in 1880, Agnes Nestor was born. She was a glovemaker, union organizer, and longtime president of the Chicago ...
06/24/2021

#OnThisDay in 1880, Agnes Nestor was born. She was a glovemaker, union organizer, and longtime president of the Chicago Women’s Trade Union League. In the early 20th century, along with fellow women's labor activists, Nestor tried to persuade the Illinois General Assembly to create a law limiting work hours to eight hours a day for women in many jobs where hours were not restricted. She was also a suffrage activist and claimed the vote was necessary to secure health and safety laws and to improve conditions for wage-earning women. Learn more about women’s labor activists in CHM’s online experience “Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote” https://democracylimited.com/episode-5/

06/23/2021

Spend 4th of July with the Chicago History Museum! Join us for our FREE virtual programming on how social justice movements have shaped our country and Chicago. This event will feature items from our archives, historical conversations, and Hands-On History activities. RSVP: chicagohistory.org/events

School’s out for the summer! With long days ahead it’s time to plan some fun activities for the whole family. Chicago ma...
06/23/2021
Ten Great Things to Do in June

School’s out for the summer! With long days ahead it’s time to plan some fun activities for the whole family. Chicago magazine rounded up 10 great things to do in June, including a visit to our newest exhibition, “Vivian Maier: In Color.” See what they had to say and plan your trip to the museum.

It’s the return of summer! And this one has plenty of art, from an outdoor sculpture exhibition to the Obama portraits at the Art Institute.

Happy #FathersDay to all the dads and father figures! Thank you for preparing us for the game of life. // A father and s...
06/20/2021

Happy #FathersDay to all the dads and father figures! Thank you for preparing us for the game of life. // A father and son play with a basketball in Marquette Park at 6742 S. Kedzie, Chicago, March 12, 1996. ST-11002171-0017, Chicago Sun-Times collection; 📷: Rich Hein. See more: https://bit.ly/3zCxUAK

Happy #FathersDay to all the dads and father figures! Thank you for preparing us for the game of life. // A father and son play with a basketball in Marquette Park at 6742 S. Kedzie, Chicago, March 12, 1996. ST-11002171-0017, Chicago Sun-Times collection; 📷: Rich Hein. See more: https://bit.ly/3zCxUAK

Want to learn more about Juneteenth? Dive into our reading list, developed by CHM curator Julius Jones in collaboration ...
06/19/2021
Semicolon X Chicago History Museum: Juneteenth

Want to learn more about Juneteenth? Dive into our reading list, developed by CHM curator Julius Jones in collaboration with Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery

Check out this list on Bookshop

Thank you for joining us for Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth. To learn more or support the organizations feat...
06/19/2021
Bronzeville Children's Museum | Building Children's Minds | African-American museum designed for children to engage in learning through hands-on activities.

Thank you for joining us for Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth. To learn more or support the organizations featured on today's program, check out the list of contact, web, and social media info below:

Bronzeville Children’s Museum
- http://www.bronzevillechildrensmuseum.com/?r
- FB | @bronzevillechildrensmuseum
- TW | @bronzevillemuse

Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
- https://aprpullmanportermuseum.org/
- FB | @PullmanPorterMuseum
- TW | @APRPPMuseum
- IG | @APRPullmanPorterMuseum
Eden Place Nature Center
- http://www.edenplacenaturecenter.org/
- FB | @EdenPlaceNatureCenter

Bronzeville Historical Society

- https://bronzevillehistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/

The Park Supper Club
- https://www.theparksupperclub.com/
- Email | [email protected]

Virtue Restaurant & Bar
- https://www.virtuerestaurant.com/
- FB | @VirtueRestaurant
- IG | @VirtueRestaurantChi

Join us for our Juneteenth celebration today! Our FREE event starts at 11:00 a.m. RSVP here: https://www.chicagohistory....
06/19/2021
Virtual Event | Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth - Chicago History Museum

Join us for our Juneteenth celebration today! Our FREE event starts at 11:00 a.m. RSVP here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/juneteenth2021/

On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War had ended and of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years before, finally reached Galveston, Texas. While enslavement still persisted in some areas of the country, June 19 came to be known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee D...

06/19/2021

Join us tomorrow for our FREE virtual Juneteenth celebration. Our 1:00 p.m. program will feature actor Cynthia Maddox for an interactive performance filled with poetry and song exploring of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman! RSVP: https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/juneteenth2021/

Think your art belongs in a museum? We do too! Submit your work to potentially be included as one of four artworks to be...
06/18/2021

Think your art belongs in a museum? We do too! Submit your work to potentially be included as one of four artworks to be featured in our upcoming exhibition, City on Fire: Chicago 1871 https://chicagohistorymuseum.submittable.com/submit/190990/city-on-fire-chicago-1871

Think your art belongs in a museum? We do too! Submit your work to potentially be included as one of four artworks to be featured in our upcoming exhibition, City on Fire: Chicago 1871 https://chicagohistorymuseum.submittable.com/submit/190990/city-on-fire-chicago-1871

“Juneteenth has to be part of any city’s celebrations because it impacts all of us, and we’re happy to bring it to CHM’s...
06/18/2021
Chicago History Museum: Juneteenth has to be part of any city celebration because it impacts all of us’

“Juneteenth has to be part of any city’s celebrations because it impacts all of us, and we’re happy to bring it to CHM’s audiences.” Public and Community Engagement Manager Erica Griffin chatted with WGN Radio ahead of tomorrow’s festivities. Listen here, and join us tomorrow for our virtual Juneteenth celebration and free admission to the museum!

Chicago History Museum Public and Community Engagement Manager Erica Griffin joins John Williams to explain why Juneteenth should be observed as a national holiday. Erica discusses the different wa…

06/18/2021

Celebrate Juneteenth with us this Saturday! Our FREE virtual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes performances by Valencia Bey and avery r. young, a civic talk with Donna Edgar & Julius Jones from the Chicago History Museum, Peggy Montes from the Bronzeville Children's Museum, and David Peterson from A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. RSVP: https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/juneteenth2021

06/17/2021

Join us this Saturday, Juneteenth as we Commemorate Freedom Day. This event is FREE and will be livestreamed from the Museum. Register at chicagohistory.org/events

Just announced! Juneteenth will now be an Illinois state holiday. On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War had ended an...
06/16/2021
Pritzker declares Juneteenth an official Illinois state holiday

Just announced! Juneteenth will now be an Illinois state holiday. On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War had ended and of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years before, finally reached Galveston, Texas.

Various events are taking place this weekend to celebrate the day. CHM will be hosting a series of events that are virtual and free to the public. Visit our website for more information.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Juneteenth will now be an Illinois state holiday. Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed a bill that made Illinois the 47th state to recognize the day. The governor signed the bil…

Happy #MusPride and #PrideMonth! In 1965, Robert Sloane Basker, Pearl M. Hart, Ira H. Jones, Bruce C. Scott, and Valerie...
06/16/2021

Happy #MusPride and #PrideMonth! In 1965, Robert Sloane Basker, Pearl M. Hart, Ira H. Jones, Bruce C. Scott, and Valerie Taylor founded a Midwest chapter of the Mattachine Society, which originally formed in Los Angeles in 1950. Mattachine Midwest is considered Chicago’s first enduring gay rights organization. Formed in part as a response to “lavender scare” police entrapment schemes and raids on gay bars, their focus was both political and service oriented. In 1970, Studs Terkel sat down with Mattachine Midwest members Jim Bradford, Valerie Taylor, and Henry Weimhoff to discuss homosexuality in American society. https://studsterkel.wfmt.com/programs/studs-terkel-talks-members-mattachine-midwest-organization

06/16/2021
PREMIERE TRAILER FOR NEW PROJECT—SEGUIMOS AQUÍ: PRIDE, PANDEMIC, AND PERSEVERANCE

Four LGBTQ+ identifying Latinx Chicagoans navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, interpersonal struggles, and community triumphs throughout a turbulent yet powerful 2020.

We have partnered with the Association of Latino/as/x Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) and SoapBox Productions & Organizing to create the first-ever LatinX LGBTQ Chicago COVID-19 Impact Documentary.

Full Documentary coming this summer!
soapboxpo.com/seguimos-aqui

#SeguimosAquí
#WereStillHere

06/15/2021
Seguimos Aquí: Pride Pandemic, & Perseverance (Snippet)

Check out this snippet where we follow @NISSA CONDE one of the subjects of our project

Seguimos Aquí (We're Still Here): Pride Pandemic, & Perseverance (Orgullo, Pandemic, y Perseverancia)

COMING SUMMER 2021

in collaboration with the Association of Latino/as/x Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) and SoapBox Productions & Organizing

Watch the Documentary Trailer here
SoapBoxPO.com/Seguimos-Aqui

#SeguimosAquíDoc
#WereStillHere

312 Dining Diva checks out some of the best spots to eat in and around the city for #juneteenth2021 and #fathersday. Joi...
06/15/2021
WGN MORNING NEWS: Father’s Day and Juneteenth segment featuring Chicago restaurants

312 Dining Diva checks out some of the best spots to eat in and around the city for #juneteenth2021 and #fathersday. Join her and Michael Howard of Eden Place Nature Center, Sherry Williams of the Bronzeville Historical Society, and chef Erick Williams of Virtue Restaurant for their Kitchen Table Talk during our day-long virtual program Virtual Event | Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth.

My latest segment for @wgnmorningnews focuses on #fathersday as well as highlighting #blackownedrestaurants for #juneteenth2021:@chayfratellos @dancingmarlin...

We're excited to partner with @SemicolonChi to create a Juneteenth history book list developed by CHM assistant curator ...
06/15/2021

We're excited to partner with @SemicolonChi to create a Juneteenth history book list developed by CHM assistant curator Julius L. Jones and offer a complimentary Juneteenth Family Book Box complete with fun ways to celebrate—available while supplies last! Check out the full book list and stop by to pick up your Family Book Box at the Museum June 16-19, 10 am-2 pm. https://bit.ly/3pKvL1I

We're excited to partner with @SemicolonChi to create a Juneteenth history book list developed by CHM assistant curator Julius L. Jones and offer a complimentary Juneteenth Family Book Box complete with fun ways to celebrate—available while supplies last! Check out the full book list and stop by to pick up your Family Book Box at the Museum June 16-19, 10 am-2 pm. https://bit.ly/3pKvL1I

“Even before ‘Thing’ reached peak circulation, it was a lifeline for gay and trans people from all walks of life, Black ...
06/14/2021
Thirty years ago, a Black q***r zine captured the scene that birthed house

“Even before ‘Thing’ reached peak circulation, it was a lifeline for gay and trans people from all walks of life, Black and otherwise.” Read more in Chicago Reader on Chicago’s trailblazing house music scene, the creators of iconic q***r zine’s in the city, and CHM’s extensive ‘Thing’ archive! #chmresearchcenter

Robert Ford and Trent Adkins shaped the bold, subversive, gossipy, funny, deeply engaged voice of Thing, felled by the AIDS pandemic in 1993.

#OnThisDay in 1991, the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship with a 108‒101 victory over the Los Angeles Laker...
06/12/2021

#OnThisDay in 1991, the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship with a 108‒101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. With a starting lineup of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, and John Paxson, and led by head coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls won the final series in five games. This victory marked the start of the Bulls’ dominance in the 1990s, and they would go on to win five more championships in ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97, and ’98. Our latest blog post features a selection of Chicago Sun-Times images of Game 2 at Chicago Stadium on June 5, 1991. http://www.chicagohistory.org/bulls1991

06/12/2021

Join us on Saturday, June 19th for our FREE Juneteenth celebration. Also known as Freedom day, Juneteenth is a day that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. Register today at chicagohistory.org/events

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when news that the Civil War had ended and the Emancipation Proclamation, which h...
06/11/2021
On American Independence and Freedom: The Juneteenth Story

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when news that the Civil War had ended and the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years before, finally reached Galveston, Texas. Also known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, June 19th is considered the oldest celebration of the end of chattel enslavement in the U.S. This year, we’re celebrating with a virtual event and free museum admission. Learn more about this long celebrated day in history and join us next week for more!

The story of the United States’ independence is well documented; on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Inde...

Pearls are the traditional birthstone for June. They’re unique in that they’re the only gems found within living creatur...
06/11/2021

Pearls are the traditional birthstone for June. They’re unique in that they’re the only gems found within living creatures, both salt and freshwater mollusks. This pearl parure (jewelry set) of earrings, a necklace, and a brooch dates from 1855. The choker was once part of a larger, original necklace that was broken down into a choker and a bracelet (not pictured) at some point. The parure was a wedding gift to Elizabeth Jane Swetting from her husband, Joseph E. Gary, the judge who presided over the Haymarket trial in 1886. See it up close: https://bit.ly/3g2wHLu #CHMCostumeCouncil #FashionFriday

#OnThisDay in 1910, blues singer and guitarist Chester Arthur Burnett was born in White Station, MS. You may know him be...
06/10/2021

#OnThisDay in 1910, blues singer and guitarist Chester Arthur Burnett was born in White Station, MS. You may know him better as “Howlin’ Wolf.” Wolf arrived somewhat late to the city’s blues scene. In 1952, he signed with Chess Records, the premier producer of Chicago blues hits, and released songs such as “Smokestack Lightnin’” (1956), “Spoonful” (1960), and “Back Door Man” (1960), which were beloved by fans and highly influential with 1960s rock bands, including the Rolling Stones and The Doors. On stage, Wolf was showy, menacing, and tough, but those closest to him knew Burnett as sensitive, caring, and reliable. He disliked how some photographs of him reflected an almost animalistic stage persona. Burnett, his friends, and his family saw the artist as a gentleman, an identity he made sure to project during a 1964 interview with journalist and photographer Raeburn Flerlage and guitarist Mike Bloomfield at his home. See more images: https://bit.ly/3zdTJ9S #BlackMusicMonth

What does it take to make an exhibition happen? Go behind the scenes of our new exhibition, Vivian Maier: In Color, and ...
06/09/2021
Vivian Maier: In Color - Behind the Scenes of the Exhibition

What does it take to make an exhibition happen? Go behind the scenes of our new exhibition, Vivian Maier: In Color, and see just a fraction of the team who took plans on paper and made them an actuality. Our thanks go to Phil Schultz of Chicago Sign Systems for installing our wall graphics and Karl Emanuel of Stola Contemporary Art for his help framing the photographs. #VivianInColor #VivianEnColor

Go behind the scenes of the Vivian Maier: In Color exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. Vivian Maier: In Color is a multimedia exhibition featuring 65 c...

06/08/2021

Join us today at 4:00 pm for the Virtual Tour | Pilsen Murals.
Take a virtual walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and discover the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures. Register at https://www.chicagohistory.org/events

06/04/2021

Join us on Tuesday, June 8th for Virtual Tour | Pilsen Murals.

Take a virtual walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and discover the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago’s capital of Mexican cultures. The tour weaves the history of Pilsen with vibrant large-scale murals and lived personal experiences. Learn more at https://www.chicagohistory.org/events

Are you a Chicagoan age 16–21 who's interested in photography, podcasts, and Chicago history? We've partnered with One S...
06/02/2021

Are you a Chicagoan age 16–21 who's interested in photography, podcasts, and Chicago history? We've partnered with One Summer Chicago on two paid summer programs: Chi Gazing – Snapshots & Stories and Youth Historians. The application deadline is 6/10, so check them out! https://www.chicagohistory.org/osc/

Are you a Chicagoan age 16–21 who's interested in photography, podcasts, and Chicago history? We've partnered with One Summer Chicago on two paid summer programs: Chi Gazing – Snapshots & Stories and Youth Historians. The application deadline is 6/10, so check them out! https://www.chicagohistory.org/osc/

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Please join me for a presentation about the life of Judy Baar Topinka and the book, Just Judy, A Citizen and Leader for Illinois on June 12 at 2 pm (Chicago time). The virtual event is free and it is sponsored by the Army Nurse Corps Association. Připojte se ke mně na prezentaci o životě Judy Baar Topinky a knize Just Judy, občan a vůdce pro Illinois 12. června ve 14 hodin (čas v Chicagu). Virtuální událost je zdarma a je sponzorována asociací Army Nurse Corps Association.
Back in the mid to late 1940s, my father took me to several parades in downtown Chicago, along Michigan Avenue. As I remember it, these were military parades composed of soldiers returning from World War II. Can anyone provide further background on these events?
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Good morning group! For those of us who went to Dan Ryan Woods forest preserve; here is a cool video of the tunnel under 87th Street and the winding pathways that leads to Longwood Drive. Enjoy!
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President Biden recently said the Transcontinental Railroad "transformed America." What was Abe Lincoln thinking when he signed the Pacific Railway Acts at the height of the Civil War?
How did Lincoln build a railroad to the future and how do we get on track again?
It is a dreadful night season of the soul, full of deep despair when the supposed keeper of the peace, a Chicago Police officer, in this case, shoots a thirteen-year-old to death in cold blood. Black and Brown children deserve to live to see another day. Just like their young White counterparts who receive correction, grace, and mercy when they do wrong. If 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago was White and doing wrong in the dark of night, Adam Toldeo would be alive right now. Just because a Black or Brown youth is doing wrong does not mean that murder, homicide, killing by Police gunshots, is the answer or justified. Because it is not!!! Taking Black and Brown children's lives must not be another mere notch in the angry racist Police officer's belt to be proud of because he or she is sick of Black and Brown people overall. Our children's lives need to be saved. Not viciously slain by supposed keepers of the peace, who are angry sick savages of the soul out to destroy, out to murder, our most valuable resource in our community, our Black and Brown children. Policing has gone wrong, wild, and wicked in America, and President Joe Biden must immediately have his Justice Department implement sweeping Police reform before it is too late for the soul of America. America is in a state of emergency. Jesus Christ hit the nail right on the head when He said in John 10:10 that, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Way too many angry trigger happy Police officers have become thieves focused on stealing, killing, and destroying Black and Brown lives. America must embrace, implement, and spread a major mindset for change regarding Police reform in America. The George Floyd Policing Act must be passed in the United States Senate with the urgency of now!!! https://www.nbcchicago.com/top-videos-home/13-year-old-fatally-shot-by-chicago-police-to-be-laid-to-rest/2482095/ Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor, Activist, and Author Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 [email protected]
Today is the grim anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, a powerful advocate of railroads, education and economic equality. What would he have thought of high-speed rail and comprehensive transportation infrastructure expansion?