Health Advice During 1918 Flu Pandemic: Chicago’s A. Wilberforce Williams

Drinking bleach or adding hot peppers to your soup will not protect you from COVID-19: So says the World Health Organization in its lengthy Coronavirus Disease Advice for the Public: Mythbusters. Unfortunately, during the 1918-19 flu pandemic, we didn't have the WHO to warn us against bogus cures. Fortunately, Chicago had Dr. A. Wilberforce Williams…
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Top Picks: James Earl Jones

As James Earl Jones turns 90 on January 17, celebrate his life with a trip back through his cinematic history. Jones has created amazing and memorable work with his movie performances, voice acting and even a stage performance produced here in Chicago. Here are my top five movie recommendations for you. A romance set in…
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Henry Legler: CPL’s Chief Librarian, 1909-17; Namesake of Legler Regional Library

Henry Eduard Legler (June 22, 1861-September 13, 1917) served as Chicago Public Library's chief librarian from 1909 to 1917 and was a strong advocate for expanding library services. Legler Regional Library is named in his honor. The recently renovated Legler Regional celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Henry Legler was an Italian American journalist, politician…
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Wicker Park: Then and Now

Did you know CPL's Digital Collections include 10,000 photos from Chicago's parks? Not all the photos from Wicker Park include a date, but I estimated that they range from about 1900 to perhaps the 1990s based on when certain changes were made to the park and the style of clothes people wore. On a sunny…
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