Chicago Women's History Center

Chicago Women's History Center A dynamic network of historians, teachers, archivists, writers, activists, filmmakers, community leaders, and others interested in Chicago Women's History.

Chicago Area Women's History Council is a dynamic network of academic historians, teachers, archivists, writers, oral historians, public history professionals, filmmakers, activists, community leaders and others interested in Chicago women's history.

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08/06/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Please join CWHC Board member Beth Loch as she hosts the free Zoom program titled "The Librarian Life of Doris E. Saunders." Saunders was a librarian at CPL's Hall Branch in the 1940s and founded the corporate library of Johnson Publishing Company. The program takes place tomorrow-Saturday, Aug 7th at 2 pm.

The Librarian Life of Doris Saunders | Events | Chicago Public Library (bibliocommons.com)

Zoom info to join the program:

Topic: The Librarian Life of Doris Saunders
Time: Aug 7, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Check out our new website with many new resources to access! Huge thanks to Mary Anne Johnson, Carron Little and team fo...
08/03/2021
Chicago Women's History Center

Check out our new website with many new resources to access! Huge thanks to Mary Anne Johnson, Carron Little and team for the final push! https://www.chicagowomenshistory.org/

Chicago Women's History Center documents, interprets, preserves, and shares Chicago women's history through scholarly research, education and public programs.

07/31/2021
Thank you CWHC for the continued support!
06/06/2021

Thank you CWHC for the continued support!

History Matters: Debates About Monuments Reflect Current Divisions
04/10/2021
History Matters: Debates About Monuments Reflect Current Divisions

History Matters: Debates About Monuments Reflect Current Divisions

As represented by statues and school names, American history has long overlooked the flaws of mostly dead white males. Taking down their monuments risks a different kind of simplification.

04/01/2021
Join us this Saturday, March 27th from 2:00PM-3:00PM for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Envi...
03/26/2021
The Legacy of Hazel Johnson

Join us this Saturday, March 27th from 2:00PM-3:00PM for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak about her mother's life and the legacy she left behind as an environmental justice activist. Her stories will be accompanied with archival photographs and manuscripts from the People for Community Recovery Archives, an organization founded by Hazel Johnson to fight environmental racism on Chicago's heavily polluted southeast side.

This Women's History Month program is co-sponsored by the Chicago Women's History Center.

How to Attend
This event takes place on Zoom. Register at least 24 hours before the event. Only one registration per household is needed. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the Library Use Guidelines.

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Accessibility
Need captioning for this event? Please call (312) 747-4015. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

(Photo image: Cheryl Johnson)

Program:Women’s HistorySuitable for:Adults
Type:History and Genealogy
Language:English
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Join us for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak about her mother's life and the legacy she left behind as an environmental justice activist. Her stories will be accompanied with archival photographs and manuscripts from the Peo...

Irish American Heritage Month: The Most Dangerous Woman in America
03/24/2021
Irish American Heritage Month: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Irish American Heritage Month: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Did You Know that a 72-year-old Irish woman, beloved by millions, was once called the most dangerous woman in America? Her name was Mary Harris Jones, and this feisty little Irish lady was also ca

5 New Books on Women's History
03/14/2021
5 New Books on Women's History

5 New Books on Women's History

Women’s History Month is here again and there are abundant opportunities for educators to engage it in the classroom. But there is also an...

High Tea at Hall: The Women of Hall Branch
03/13/2021
High Tea at Hall: The Women of Hall Branch

High Tea at Hall: The Women of Hall Branch

Make yourself a cup of tea and join Chicago Public Library archivist Beverly Cook for an overview of the women of George Cleveland Hall Branch. Hall Branch opened in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood in 1932. The library quickly became a center for researchers interested in African American history...

03/11/2021

March 8, 1839: American inventor Josephine Garis Cochrane was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was the inventor of the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which she constructed together with mechanic George Butters. After receiving a patent on December 28, 1886 she showed her invention at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and won the highest prize for "best mechanical construction, durability and adaptation to its line of work".

https://www.thoughtco.com/josephine-cochran-dishwasher-4071171

#JosephineCochrane #Dishwasher #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #TodayInHistory

Join us for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak...
03/02/2021
The Legacy of Hazel Johnson

Join us for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak about her mother's life and the legacy she left behind as an environmental justice activist. Her stories will be accompanied with archival photographs and manuscripts from the People for Community Recovery Archives, an organization founded by Hazel Johnson to fight environmental racism on Chicago's heavily polluted southeast side.
This Women's History Month program is co-sponsored by the Chicago Women's History Center.

Join us for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak about her mother's life and the legacy she left behind as an environmental justice activist. Her stories will be accompanied with archival photographs and manuscripts from the Peo...

Please join us for another wonderful event this March!
02/22/2021
The Legacy of Hazel Johnson

Please join us for another wonderful event this March!

Join us for a program about Chicago activist Hazel Johnson, "Mother of Environmental Justice." Cheryl Johnson will speak about her mother's life and the legacy she left behind as an environmental justice activist. Her stories will be accompanied with archival photographs and manuscripts from the Peo...

Join Chicago Women's History Center board member and V.P. Maureen Hellwig for this online presentation and discussion of...
02/21/2021

Join Chicago Women's History Center board member and V.P. Maureen Hellwig for this online presentation and discussion of her new book on the history of Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago's oldest settlement house. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcu2spzojHd3bO0pbU6MF0nPetwHrZo_v

Join Chicago Women's History Center board member and V.P. Maureen Hellwig for this online presentation and discussion of her new book on the history of Erie Neighborhood House, Chicago's oldest settlement house. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcu2spzojHd3bO0pbU6MF0nPetwHrZo_v

Please join us as we celebrate our board member and VP, Maureen Hellwig's new book,A Neighbor Among NeighborsErie Neighb...
02/21/2021

Please join us as we celebrate our board member and VP, Maureen Hellwig's new book,
A Neighbor Among Neighbors
Erie Neighborhood House
150 Years as a Home with no Borders
on March 3rd from 6:30-8:00 pm for this online presentation and discussion on the history of Eirie Neighborhood House, Chicago's oldest settlement house.

Click here to register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcu2spzojHd3bO0pbU6MF0nPetwHrZo_v

American Library Association
12/31/2020

American Library Association

Dr. Jill Biden is joining ALA Midwinter Virtual! A lifelong educator and literacy advocate, we’re excited to welcome her as closing speaker for the event where she’ll be in conversation with ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

Registration for the memorable session and several others closes on January 15 at noon: http://bit.ly/2McnFPs

Riva Lehrer's On Her New Memoir 'Golem Girl'
10/10/2020
Riva Lehrer's On Her New Memoir 'Golem Girl'

Riva Lehrer's On Her New Memoir 'Golem Girl'

Scott Simon speaks to the acclaimed painter, writer and teacher about her new book, which recounts a life growing up with spina bifida.

Congtulatins Riva! “TUESDAY! 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 !PLEASE SHARE! PLEASE COME! (Please forgive all the exclamation points, you only ...
10/03/2020
Virtual Book Launch: GOLEM GIRL by Riva Lehrer

Congtulatins Riva! “TUESDAY! 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 !
PLEASE SHARE! PLEASE COME! (Please forgive all the exclamation points, you only launch once.)”

Join us for the virtual book launch celebrating Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer! For this Zoom event, Riva will be in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger. This event will include ASL interpretation and closed captioning. REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And wha...

The artist Grace Lynne Haynes describes her process for portraying the American abolitionist Sojourner Truth's fight for...
09/29/2020
Why a Prominent American Artist Paints Skin Pitch-Black

The artist Grace Lynne Haynes describes her process for portraying the American abolitionist Sojourner Truth's fight for broader equality in her first New Yorker cover.

https://www.newyorker.com/video/watch/why-a-prominent-american-artist-paints-skin-pitch-black?verso=true

The artist Grace Lynne Haynes describes her process for portraying the American abolitionist Sojourner Truth's fight for broader equality in her first New Yorker cover.

Women in Film and Video: New England
09/22/2020

Women in Film and Video: New England

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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