Remembering the Future: Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair

This One Book, One Chicago season we've been imagining the future, but we are not the first Chicagoans to do so. Eighty-five years ago, Chicago hosted its second major World's Fair, the Century of Progress. Opened in 1933, and held again in 1934, the fair commemorated a hundred years since the 1833 incorporation of Chicago…
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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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