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.
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Earlier Event: February 23The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama
Later Event: September 27On the Trail of William Morris by Howard Tiffen