It Didn't All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago at the Newberry

Great Fire on Lake St, Chicago Illustrated 1890, Newberry Call Number: Graff 3747 (Vault, Oversize)
Great Fire on Lake St, Chicago Illustrated 1890, Newberry Call Number: Graff 3747 (Vault, Oversize)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, September 18 - October 16 (class will not meet October 9)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by Ginger Frere and Matt Rutherford

Worried that the Fire burned your chances of discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music. Selected primary source readings will further inform our discussions about what life was really like for early Chicagoans.

Ginger Frere, MLS, is a reference librarian and researcher. Matt Rutherford, MLS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

Selected readings will be available in a choice of two formats; please indicate your preference when you register:

  • a free, electronic copy; or
  • a course packet, which will be distributed and purchased at the first session. It will cost approximately $15-25 (cash or check accepted).

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Four sessions, $160.
Register Online.