November 16, 2008
It's a "Chicago History" Empire...Under Construction!
Not really an empire, but I am working on a project that I hope will be useful to, well..., someone. And, I would like your feedback.
My purpose in writing this blog has been 1)provide an outlet for my ramblings on Chicago's history, and 2)create a portal site of Chicago history Internet resources. The "Journal" satisfies the first criteria, but the number of Internet resources are becoming lost in the blog.
I am in the process of creating two supplemental sites for this blog: Chicago History Online and Chicago History: The Bookshelves. I have provided the links to those at the top of the left column. Both sites are under construction and are evolving, but I wanted to make them temporarily visible so readers can comment and make suggestions of what they would like included or specific topic pages.
Chicago History Online will be the main portal site. This is where I will record websites with information on or related to Chicago's history. I've just started to transfer links, but pages will include, but are not limited to:
Architecture & Architects
City of Chicago Links
Events and Disasters
Chicago History for Kids
Chicago Women's History
Chicago History: The Bookshelves is intended to be an extended bibliography - online or not. All online books will be from free access sites. I'm going to include a listing of the books in my library just for schnicks, but someone else might find it interesting. In addition I'll include:
Chicago Literature available online
Chicago history books available online
Information on new Chicago history book releases (reviews and announcements)
The books in my library
Anything related to Chicago literature, writers, etc. (There may be some crossover with Chicago History Online)
This is going to be a lot of work so you have to be patient with me. I'm just learning to use Wordpress and tech is not my strong suit. The sites are pretty bare bones right now, but you'll get the idea. Chicago History Online and The Bookshelves will be viewable this week. Is it a good idea? Will they be useful? Heck, it may turn out that the sites are for "my eyes only" and that is OK. You won't hurt my feelings. I like organizing things. But, let's hear what you have to say. Please post your comments and suggestions here, on the blog.