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Let CPL Help You Make History with Chicago Metro History Day
Wondering Chicago Public Library can help with Chicago Metro History Day research? Start with these tips from CPL librarians.
Women in Aviation: Pioneers and Chicago Connections
Celebrate Bessie Coleman's 130th birth anniversary with a look at her life and other women in flight.
Old Pops Digital Collection
Take a step back in time with this selection of pre-1930s Chicago-themed pieces of sheet music from CPL's Old Pops sheet music collection.
Neighborhoods in the Archives: Who Were the People in Our Neighborhoods?
Tune in for a special series of videos featuring archival material related to Chicago’s neighborhoods. CPL archivists and librarians showcase secrets and treasures from the archives that highlight our city’s history Who Were the People in Our Neighborhoods? CPL’s archives hold pieces of Chicagoans' stories over time. Follow a path of memories from the City’s…
Harold Washington, In His Own Words
Harold Washington was Mayor of Chicago between 1983 and 1987. In that short time, he left his mark on Chicago and changed it for the better. Remembered as being one of Chicago's great orators, Harold Washington charmed and inspired his audiences through carefully drafted speeches. Though few audio recordings exist, we are pleased to announce…
Historical Holidays: Celebrating Christmas in Chicago’s Parks
I can tell by the number of holiday lights in my neighborhood, and the decorated trees I see in windows, that lots of folks jumped into the holiday spirit a little earlier this year. It's reassuring to see that even in this difficult year, there are still celebrations to share, even if from a distance…
Beyond Borders in the Archives: From Settlement House Games to a Legacy on the Chicago Stage
Beyond Borders in the Archives is a series that explores the Chicago Public Library archives and special collections and uncovers treasures! This series was produced as part of the 2020 One Book, One Chicago season. From Settlement House Games to a Legacy on the Chicago Stage Using our Gads Hill neighborhood collection and Chicago Theater Collection, we'll…
Spooky-ooky Greetings: Historical Halloween Cards from Chicago
My best friend, Jenny, and I met on October 31 almost four decades ago as toddlers in costumes. Our older siblings were marching the halls of the local elementary school for a Halloween parade that families were invited to attend. For years, Jenny and I spent almost every Halloween together. As children we went trick-or-treating…
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