Eddy Street: Looking for History in a Very Small Place | Newberry

Eddy Street: Looking for History in a Very Small Place

Friday, February 12, 2021


The Newberry

Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar applies the techniques of micro-history – the intense exploration of a tightly-focused time or place – to a tiny slice of twentieth-century Chicago. It starts on the Fourth of July 1961 on the 6100 block of W. Eddy Street, out in the north side’s Bungalow Belt. From there, it spins backward to explore class, race, immigration, assimilation, segregation, opportunity, mobility, war, and peace as they were experienced by one the block’s thirty-six families. In the process, the seminar tries to show how revealing and compelling it can be to go looking for history in very small places.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.