OK; Breaks over. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
Review Chicago is featuring a story on A Visit to the Historic Pullman District. George Pullman may be one of the most hated men in labor history, but the "Utopian" (from his point of view) worker's town he created is an important story in Chicago history. For more information on Pullman, see the links in the right column and the Historic Pullman Foundation website.
Gapers Block Book Club has their 2009 reading list posted on their new blog. If you live in the Chicago area, the reading group meets once a month at The Book Cellar (they also sell wine...could it get better?) in Lincoln Square. The monthly selected readings feature fiction by Chicago authors and nonfiction books about the city. Even if you don't live in the area, the selections provide a good list of reading for the year. Their October selection is Lords of the Levee by Herman Kogan and Lloyd Wendt. While you're at it, check out their 2008 Chicago Nonfiction in Review for books you may have missed.
The 2009 Winter/Spring Seminars at the Newberry Library include "Chicago's Rich and Rare Properties: Its Cemeteries" and "Discovering the Past Block-by-Block: Using ChicagoAncestors.org." Registration is open now and both seminars begin in February.
Longtime "Chicago History" reader Jonathan Riley, and author of the wonderful article "The Lifting of Chicago," recently sent me a picture of the 2008 Notable Obituary page from the December 30th London Times. Chicago's own "Studs" was featured. Just goes to show how significant his work was to not only Chicago, but the world.
If you frequent these pages, you have noticed many changes and additions. There will be more - lots more. New link sets have been added with many more to come. More books will be featured - both old and new. You might want to take a "look/see" around the blog to see things you might have missed. Just thought I'd say...
Since this is really my first post of the new year, I want to take a moment to thank all the supporters of "Chicago History." If it weren't for them, this blog would have folded. Instead, my readership grows every day and it is to them I owe its growth. I mean, I have to be realistic. Nineteenth and early twentieth century Chicago history has a somewhat limited appeal (although WHY that is true, truly escapes me. That's a joke.) So, in order to acknowledge all the wonderful people out there in the dark, I'll be listing these great bloggers, who are not already listed under Chicago or History blogs, in the left column under "Friends and Supporters." I hope you will take some time to visit them.
Finally, this picture from the Niles Public Library just makes my day!
Back to the real business at hand tomorrow.