Historical Holiday Treats: A Taste from Special Collections

Chicagoans, the holidays are upon us! It's time to preheat the ovens, stock up on sugary sprinkles and break out the gelatin molds. Let's investigate holiday treats from years past using materials in Special Collections. The recipe compilers of The Old Town Dawn Until Dawn Cookbook perhaps best sum up our collective experience in the…
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Hazel M. Johnson, ‘Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement’

October is National Archives Month. Let's look at one archival collection—the People for Community Recovery Archives and the inspiring story of Hazel M. Johnson—in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Affectionately known as the “mother of the environmental justice movement,”  Hazel Johnson was one of Chicago’s own environmental justice warriors from…
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Celebrate American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! Have you ever visited one of Chicago Public Library's special collections to see our archives? Researched black history at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library? Gotten chills from discovering a historical document in Special Collections at Harold Washington Library Center? Or…
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Lincoln Park Zoo Turns 150

The Lincoln Park Zoo has been a staple of Chicago for longer than anyone alive today can remember—150 years to be exact. Beginning in 1868 with a donation of four swans from New York’s Central Park Zoo, the zoo has morphed and expanded countless times. These changes display both the zoo’s push toward modernization and zoology’s…
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50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention

The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago was surrounded by tension and controversy. As Chicago marks 50 years since this important episode in its history, you can learn more in Special Collections and at our 1968 Democratic Convention: 50th Anniversary panel discussion on August 23 at Harold Washington Library Center. Panelists will share their personal memories…
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