Jeff Anderson from the Robert R. McCormick House draws on the Colonel’s diary and other historical documents to talk about what motivated this wealthy and powerful publisher to serve his country. Anderson explores the impact the Colonel’s military career had on his life and legacy.
In observance of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal - a watershed event in baseball history and a defining moment that forever altered the fortunes of the Chicago White Sox - author and White Sox historian Rich Lindberg provides an inside glimpse of the scandal, its aftermath and its tragic impact on the South Side team
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, hear astronaut Neil Armstrong recount the lead up to the event as well as the other “series of firsts” associated with the mission, including the first color TV transmission from earth.
The curator of the Warrenville Historical Museum and Art Gallery introduces us to the family of artists who lived and painted in Warrenville from 1924-1954. Ivan Albright, one of three sons, is most famous for painting the titular portrait for “The Picture of Dorian Gray” film.
In this first-person portrayal set in 1893, Leslie portrays Bertha Honore Palmer, Chicago socialite, wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, and pace-setting arts patron. At the World’s Columbia Exposition she served as hostess to the world, and she still compels honor and attention today.
The stars on the Chicago flag represent four major events that changed Chicago forever. Laurie Russell from the Robert R. McCormick House shows how women responded to these events to build the city we know today.
Come join the party just in time for the big day in December. Terry will be an "average Illinois citizen" leading audience members in a game-like atmosphere through the history of the state. Topicsinclude Illinois' early years, historical happenings, and famous lllinoisans.
William weaves together technical details of the fire with vivid first hand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten.
The 1920s are saturated with surprise,sequins, and murder. Join us as a flapper named Flora tells us how fashion, crime, and Prohibition helped shape the decade of the century. Learn fact from fiction and how reality relates to the 2002 Oscar winning film "Chicago."
An educator from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District gives us the history of the forest, which was a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s and a secret installation for developing radar technology during World War II.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League celebrates its 75h anniversary this year. Rebecca manages a WWII Girls Baseball Living History League and portrays a Rockford Peach player as she traces the truth and fiction about the 1992 film "A League of Their Own."
The concept of "mail-order homes" arose in 1906, and Sears Roebuck is the best known of all the companies that sold them. This architectural historian teaches us the history of mail order home marketing and shows images of homes, including some in the Winfield area.
“From Mexico to Cantigny and the Rhine: America’s First Division in World War I” featuring Paul Herbert
Thursday, November 14
Cantigny Park is named for a Village in France where the First Division of the American Expeditionary Forces fought America’s first battle for Europe nearly 100 years ago. The late Col. Robert R. McCormick and other local citizens were there. Paul Herbert, Executive Director of Cantigny’s First Division Museum, will discuss how and why the Division was organized and deployed, the battles it fought and how it became the legendary 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One.
Podkowa, an educator from the DuPage County Historical Museum, talks to us about life in DuPage County in 1917. Topics include the First World War, Women’s Rights and Prohibition. The Museum exhibit on this topic opens in September 2017.
An educator from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District gives us the history of these pre-historic Native American burial mounds along the DuPage River.
Podkowa, an educator from the DuPage County Historical Museum, talks to us about the projects undertaken in our area by these two Depression-era programs.
How did political campaign craziness get started? In this program, hear the stories of the mudslinging and muckraking of the Jefferson v. Adams campaign of 1800, the Jackson v. Adams of 1828, the Lincoln v. Douglas of 1860, and Grant v. ANYONE! Also covered is the 1912 campaign when Teddy Roosevelt started his OWN political party.
Our Summer Reading theme is sports, and Pierce portrays America’s first sports hero. Hear about his accomplishments on and off the field, meet personalities from baseball’s “deadball era,” learn the circumstances of his early death, and participate in a simulated baseball radio broadcast.
Celebrate the centennial + 1 of the McCormicks’ wedding as well as the family’s Scotch-Irish heritage. Carlson portrays Amy McCormick at Cantigny and recreates the character for us. Learn about her service in the Red Cross and her painting and riding at Cantigny.
For most of its history, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation’s candy. Learn the history of these tasty treats, find out why immigrants played such a critical role in confectionery history, and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Leslie Goddard presents the fascinating history of Chicago’s candy making.
Art Excursions Presents “Ready to Wear + Ready to Paint: Fashion and Modernism in Late Nineteenth Century Paris”
Art historian Jeff Mishur looks at nineteenth century artists such as Cassatt, Tissot, Caillebotte and Renoir and describes their relationship to exciting developments in the Parisian fashion industry. Join us for an exciting slide lecture of art and fashion!
Alongside their sisters toiling on the home front were women who served with exceptional valor at the front: from innovative medics to hard- bitten soldiers, from spies to enterprising journalists. Listen to author and lecturer Kathryn Atwood describe the hardworking women heroes of the Great War.
Mamah Bouton Borthwick was murdered in August 1914 at Taliesin, the home she shared with Frank Lloyd Wright. Since her death, as she did in life, Mamah has struggled to understand the circumstances of her relationships and how a woman’s own desires can be reconciled to the larger goals of womankind and society at large. Join us for this dramatic portrayal of a dynamic figure, presented by Ellie Carlson.