Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

“Robert R. McCormick: The Colonel of Cantigny” featuring Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson from the Robert R. McCormick House draws on the Colonel’s diary and other historical documents to talk about what motivated this wealthy and powerful publisher to serve his country.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.

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

“Eight Men Out: the 100 Year Anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal” featuring Richard Lindberg

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

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

“From Mexico to Cantigny and the Rhine: America’s First Division in World War I

“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.

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

“Mudslinging, Muckraking, and Apple Pie” featuring Terry Lynch

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. 

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Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

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. 

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Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Women of WWI

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. 

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May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Regretting Mr. Wright: Mamah Tells Her Own Story

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. 

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