October 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013 to Monday, March 24, 2014
Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library have mounted “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Family Secrets, Shame, and Reinvention : A Meet the Authors Event

6 pm

Three writers, an historian and two memoirists, grapple with questions of family secrets, shame, and reinvention in their works, presented at this meet the authors program.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : DIGITAL SUMMER CAMPS

4 pm

What’s the latest in the field of Digital Humanities?

Thursday, October 3, 2013
"Home Front" Curator-led Exhibition Tour

6 pm

Join us for this free tour of “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” Chicago’s only major exhibition on the Civil War during its 150th anniversary. One of the exhibition’s co-curators will walk visitors through more than 100 items that focus on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce novices to the basics of research at an informal orientation. After the session, you are welcome to begin your research. A reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
The Wish for a White West : Welsh Indians and the Early Republic

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

In 1576, John Dee claimed that Prince Madoc of Wales colonized North America in 1170. Via the “Doctrine of Discovery” and England’s absorption of Wales, Dee voided Spanish claims and justified British colonization. The legend resurfaced in the 1790s, when Anglo-Americans claimed western lands, the Mississippi valley.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Treasures for Researching the Great Fire

4 pm

By 1871, Chicago was emerging as a national center with a burgeoning population of 300,000. It had experienced the fastest growth of any modern city and was poised to grow even greater. Then, on October 8-9, the Great Fire struck, destroying the central business district and over seventy-three miles of streets.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Arthur Conan Doyle / Sherlock Holmes Symposium

9:30 am - noon

This year’s symposium celebrates the 10th anniversary of the remarkable collection of written works and memorabilia of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contained in the Newberry’s C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana. The program is free and open to all Sherlockians and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

4 pm

“Home Front” is the Chicago area’s largest exhibition in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. The exhibition brings together Newberry collection items from the Civil War era with paintings from the Terra Foundation for American Art to explore how daily life at home was altered by war.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Merchant of Venice

10 am - 12:30 pm

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.”

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Open House Chicago at the Newberry : Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation

10 am - 4:30 pm (last tour starts at 4 pm)


The Newberry is proud to be part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s third-annual Open House Chicago.Take a guided tour of the Newberry Library including the Gilded Age lobby, reference room, and the caged elevator mentioned in the bestselling novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife. No reservations are required, but tours are limited to 12 and are offered every half-hour.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
No Place, Printer, or Year: Dating a Fifteenth-century Book : A History of the Book Lecture

6 pm

In addition to their unusual beauty and appearance, the earliest printed books often present a mystery. They lack basic facts like the printer’s identity, place of publication, and even the date. So how do we know anything about their historical significance or value? In 2012, a fifteenth-century book at the Newberry divulged a surprising secret.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Native Studies Criteria For Assessing Candidates

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

When Native Studies as a discipline was first launched in 1969, it was a movement to indigenize a space within the academy. After mainstream universities’ initial rush to initiate Native Studies programs, indigenizing a space, even after four decades, has proven difficult.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Pissarro's Places

4 pm

At this week’s colloquium, Ann Saul will talk about her new book, Pissarro’s Places. In the book, she tells the familiar story of Camille Pissarro’s life and work in a new way—exploring the places he painted and his “sensations” as he translated them into brushstrokes on the canvas.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 to Saturday, October 26, 2013
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lecture Series
18th Nebenzahl Lectures: The War of 1812 and American Cartography

North Americans on both sides of the U.S. – Canada border are commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in 2012-15. But while Canadians remember the war as a formative national event, Americans remember it (if at all) as a comparatively minor event in their history, easily overshadowed by the memory of the Civil War, whose sesquicentennial is also currently being commemorated.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
‘Villages Built Close Together’ : How Town Identities Determined Native Nations in the Revolutionary Great Lakes

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

While scholars generally assume that villages and tribes ordered Indian Country in the past, there are few community studies to either support or challenge this view. Reconstructing local life along the Wabash Valley through maps, language, and ethnobotany illustrates how people (Miami, Shawnee, and others) practiced their ethnicities in the late eighteenth century.