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June Celebration of Chicago History co-sponsor Landmarks Illinois "The Great Chicago Fire" by Ginger Frere, MLIS Newberry Scholar-in-Residence

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most significant events in the history of the City. For three days fire blazed through the city destroying everything in its path and leaving over 90,000 people homeless. Friends will celebrate the legacies of this pivotal event with a special presentation “The Great Chicago Fire” delivered by Ginger Frere, MLIS, Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence. Learn how the City was rebuilt out of the ashes and developed into one of the most powerful cities in the United States.