The World's Columbian Exposition: A Tour by Way of a Newly-Found Fire Insurance Atlas

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Presented by Gerald Danzer, Professor of History, Emeritus at University of Illinois at Chicago

A small local Chicago publisher of fire insurance maps published an atlas of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Little known after its time, the maps not only provide details about the Fair’s buildings, they also provide a unique view of the fairgrounds and its environment. The story of the atlas also suggests how the Sanborn Company came to dominate the fire insurance map publishing business.

Please join us as we tour the Fair by way of these maps and welcome the atlas into the Newberry’s collections.

Cost and registration information: 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map-Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.