DIY: Mayor Harold Washington Bust

In honor of the Harold Washington Summit this Monday, May 9, we created a 3D scan of the late mayor in the Maker Lab. How We Made It Using photographs, 3D scanning technology and free CAD software, the Maker Lab team created a copy of the bust of Harold Washington that’s proudly displayed in the State […]

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CPL Hosts Mayor Harold Washington Summit

In honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington, for whom the main library is named, Chicago Public Library will host the Mayor Harold Washington Summit on Monday, May 9. We'll celebrate and explore the life and legacy of Mayor Washington, the city’s first African-American mayor, during the daylong summit, highlighting the ways in which Mayor […]

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Guest Blog: Laura S. Washington on Mayor Harold Washington

Laura S Washington

As part of One Book, One Chicago, we're featuring a series of original essays titled Chicago Heroes: Real & Imagined! Each month through spring 2015, meet a local hero as introduced by a local author. Chicago authors will reflect on heroes from the past, present or even imagined in these new short essays. This essay is in […]

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Exhibit Honors Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

Harold Washington silhouette

Learn more about Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in a permanent exhibit in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. See a timeline of his life and projects he and his administration completed during his tenure. Washington, the 42nd mayor of Chicago, was the city’s first African American mayor. […]

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Happy Birthday, Chicago!

Mayor Harold Washington cutting a birthday cake for Chicago. Cake is elaborately detailed with a large city seal on top. Smiling man with a chef's hat is in the background.

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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