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Historical Chicago Newspapers

How's your Chicago History Fair project going? Did you know that the Chicago Public Library has lots of historical Chicago newspapers on microfilm? Some of them go way back, to 1833. That's the Chicago Democrat, the first Chicago newspaper. Back in the 1800's and 1900's, Chicago had more than just two or three newspapers. For…
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Kate Hannigan Q & A

Get to know April's Author of the Month, Kate Hannigan, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, The Detective's Assistant, how she got her start in writing and her love of Chicago history.   Where did you get your idea for this book? I stumbled across a single sentence about Kate Warne while…
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70 Years Later: V-E Day

May 8 is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when the Germans surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. Not many veterans are still around to celebrate, but it is still important. Here are some titles that help us remember. The Day the War Ended by Martin Gilbert follows the last…
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Happy Birthday, Chicago!

177 years ago Chicago was officially incorporated as a city. Chicago’s newspapers are a wonderful primary source for descriptions of the city’s birthday, no matter which date Chicago chose to celebrate. For example, the March 4 charter was printed by the Chicago Democrat newspaper. In September 1903 Chicago marked the centennial of the 1803 establishment of…
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5 Articles About Songs

Let's take a look at a range of recent articles on that humble but profoundly powerful art form, the song. While most songs only last a few minutes in performance, some of them have long and interesting histories. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web. "'Blurred…
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More About the Municipal Reference Collection

Previous: Welcome to the Municipal Reference Collection The Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center is a unique resource that serves as the first point of contact for information on Chicago ordinances, statistics, government, budgets and community areas. Call (312) 747-4526 for reference assistance. All materials are for use in the library only. Among…
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Read, Discover and Create: A Journey to Empowerment

Teens, discover the exhibit Journey to Empowerment: 110 Years of the Chicago Defender at Harold Washington Library Center and get inspired for earning read and create credits during the Defy Gravity: Teen Summer Challenge. Remember to share on social media with #cpldefygravity, too! If you're looking for more ideas for reading, discovering and creating, the following ideas are a great…
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