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.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
During the Civil War, music was everywhere. At public rallies and in family parlors, people heard and sang songs about the conflict. Christian McWhirter, author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War, will give a talk about what music meant for people who were intimately involved in this bloody and violent war.
T. S. Eliot is widely regarded as one of the finest poets of the English language. Four Quartets, Eliot’s last major poetic work, is a stunning achievement written at the height of his powers.
In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and several contemporaries publicly presented the founding document of the women’s rights movement in the United States, the Declaration of Sentiments, in Seneca Falls, New York.
5 to 7 pm
In March, 1914, Poetry magazine published Carl Sandburg’s controversial Chicago Poems, including the title ode to Chicago in which he famously coins it “City of the Big Shoulders.”To mark the occasion, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In the face of the Reformation, communication with the far reaches of Europe became vital for popes during the sixteenth century.
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation will give four talks about researching family histories in Ireland. Come and explore new techniques and approaches for your personal family research. The talks will be:
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.
A century ago Mahler was an international star conductor who was controversial as a composer. Yet when he died the controversies about his music metamorphosed into praise about his important contributions to classical music.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
This essay explores the complexities of Cherokee-British interaction along the Tennessee River. Between 1670 and 1758 Europeans became aware of a “corridor” that could connect British Carolina with the Ohio Valley, the Wabash River, and the Illinois country via the Tennessee.
Though nineteenth-century Chicago is often remembered for its stockyards and grain elevators, these industrial food systems represented just some of the many ways that the city’s residents put food on the table. A diverse group of Chicagoans also practiced urban agriculture, using backyards and side streets to raise pigs, chickens, fruits, and vegetables.
9 am to 12 pm
On July 19th and 20th, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and several of her contemporaries publicly presented the founding document of the women’s rights movement in the United States, the Declaration of Sentiments, in Seneca Falls, New York, and then gathered resolutions to be included in the document before printing.