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Using the photographic archive of Raeburn Flerlage at the Chicago History Museum, "Mapping the Blues" by Brian McCammack combines images of blues performances and Chicago's built environment to reveal a new dimension of black Chicagoans' cultural geography in the midst of a massive wave of migration and the emerging urban crisis.
Dr. Rebecca S. Graff's web exhibit unearths the consumer habits of the men, women, and children who lived on Chicago's Gold Coast at the turn of the 20th century. Selected artifacts recovered from excavations at the Charnley-Persky House (11CK1248) in 2010 and 2015 examine these consumer choices, locating their sites of manufacture or point of sale in Chicago and around the globe.
Kenneth Sawyer Goodman—a key figure in Chicago’s theater scene and the man for whom the Goodman Theatre was named—wrote and produced his own theatrical works, including "The Wonder Hat" and "Back of the Yards," before the influenza epidemic of 1918 cut short his life.
This project sheds light on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance as a cultural ritual while at the same time highlighting ongoing controversies that surround it.
In 1945, the Chicago Tribune held a design competition for modest family homes. Most of the nearly 1,000 submissions are lost, but a few designs were published, and a small number were built. The designs reveal what Americans expected oftheir postwar homes, while the changes in the built homes indicate how American housing preferences have evolved. Our interactive map shows the locations of homes…
Well over half a century after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1954 struck down a long American tradition of legal racial segregation and discrimination, the United States remains deeply fragmented along racial and ethnic lines. With its checkered history of funding, opportunity, and outcome gaps, schools have always been the battleground on which ideas about…
Jane Addams, best known as founder of Chicago's Hull House settlement, became America's best known advocate for peace during World War I. This project, by associate professor of politics Dr. James Marquardt, traces Addams's pacifist work in the context of early twentieth century American politics and international relations.
This website traces the creation, movement, and mergerof Chicago's earliest synagogues through an interactive map. The mapincludes each of the synagogues present at the moment of Chicago's Great Fire of 1871, and continues their stories until 1920.
This project features educational virtual reality walk-throughs of two of Chicagoland's sacred sites: First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago. Tour these sitesin 360°, "walking through" the spaces in virtual reality on your desktop or smartphone.
Shakespeare’s plays have been an integral part of Chicago's history ever since the city’s incorporation in 1837. This project traces the history of Shakespearean productions in nineteenth-century Chicago, as well as the role that these productions in grand downtown theaters played in establishing Chicago’s evolving cultural identity.
Like any other memento from an enjoyable trip, musical souvenirs such as the piano and vocal pieces collected here offered audible memories for people to buy, take home, and play in their parlors as a reminder of their visit to Chicago and the 1893 World’s Fair.
Watch a recreation of one of Chicago's historical silent movies, Max Wants A Divorce, filmed in 1916 by Essanay Studios, and listen to new period-based musical accompaniment by composer and musicologist Don Meyer, professor of music.
Ensemble-Made Chicago examines the genealogy of ensemble-generated theatre in Chicago, tracing it to its roots in the theatre classes taught by Neva Boyd at Hull House at the turn of the twentieth century and locating current ensemble-generated theater groups on a map of today's Chicago.
A choose-your-own-adventure story exploring common causes of death in Chicago's history, as written by students in associate professor of anthropology Holly Swyers's "Medical Anthropology" class. Choose your own stories to learn more about "Death in Chicago:" will you come out alive?
The Art World in Downtown Chicago, Then and Now,tells one story of the late-nineteenth and early-twenty-first century institutions, artists, dealers, publications, and visionaries that made Chicago's downtown "Loop" area into one of the great visual arts capitals of the world.