January 12, 2009
Chicago History Caught in the Web
The Chicago History Museum, in partnership with the Newberry Library, will be presenting an online exhibit titled, "Lincoln at 200." The exhibit, which focuses on Lincoln's political philosophy and how it helped him to navigate the turbulant Civil War years, is scheduled to launch today. Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday will be celebrated next month and the CHM and the Newberry are just two of the organizations participating in the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial events. No link as of this posting, but it is a presentation to watch for. I'll update when available.
I have to pass this on because the premise is so interesting and creative. Fellow blogger "cyurkanin" writes a blog titled 300 Words. I don't want to spoil it for you so read the explanation for the title on his blog. Today's post is headed, "Citizen Kane in the White City." His posts are like peanuts - you can't read just one.
I like old postcards of Chicago. Odds are that if you are reading this, you do too. I've listed several great postcard focused sites in the right column for our viewing pleasure. Well, is my face red! I missed a biggie. Check out Chuckman's Collection of vintage Chicago postcards. The link takes you to "Volume 1." Look for the links to Volumes 2 through 12. (Yes, you read that correctly.) There are also great old menus from some long-gone eateries and lots more. Granted, I would have liked to have some details, such as dates, building identification, etc. But, hey, we'll take it! Have fun!
I have a great book I want to alert you to: Magazines of a Market-metropolis: Being a History of the Literary Periodicals and Literary Interests of Chicago by Herbert Easton Fleming, University of Chicago, Published by University of Chicago Press, 1906. What were Chicagoans reading in 1850, or after the Great Fire or during the Columbian Exposition? There's some early background on the newspapers too. For those of us interested in the literary history of the city, this one is a real find.
Finally, my apologies for this rather abreviated post so late in the day. We've had a bit of a scare here at Chicago History and we need a couple days to sort things out.
You do back up your blog, do you not?
Abraham Lincoln Online
Abraham Lincoln: Wikipedia