It Didn’t All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago | Newberry

It Didn’t All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago

Led by Ginger Frere and Matt Rutherford. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Thursdays, September 14 - October 12 (class will not meet on September 28)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $170
Regular Price (after September 1): $187

This seminar has been cancelled.

Seminar Description

Think the Fire burned your chance to discover what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Come 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. Four sessions.

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

Materials List


  • A course pack of materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.