Join us next Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the oriention, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
At 1:30, join the Chicago Genealogical Society for “Grant Park: The Evolution on Chicago’s Front Yard.” In 1836, only three years after Chicago was founded, Chicagoans set aside the first narrow shoreline as public ground and declared it “forever open, clear and free…” Chicago historian and author Dennis H. Cremin reveals that despite such intent, the transformation of Grant Park to the spectacular park it is more than 175 years later was a gradual process. Throughout the book, Dr. Cremin (Professor of History/Director of the Lewis University History Center) shows that while Grant Park’s landscape and uses have changed, the public ground continues to serve as a “calling card to visitors”.