The 125th Anniversary of The World's Columbian Expostion: A Celebration
Parlor music was immensely popular in the late 1800s, and it was no surprise that visitors to the 1893 world’s fair commemorated their trip with sheet music. Learn more about these melodic memories as they are performed live with commentary from Lake Forest College professor Donald Meyer, the lead on this Digital Chicago project. A preceding reception features foods that were first served at this world’s fair.
When & Where
Chicago History Museum
Plenty of tickets
Tuesday, May 296:00 PM
Natalie Moore, WBEZ South Side reporter and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, moderates this two-part series inspired by Race: Are We So Different? Explore the exhibition and attend the 60-minute discussion followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Continue the conversation at the post-program reception in the North & Clark Café. Cash bar available.
Civic Talks: Chicago Blues
Delve into the stories behind Amplified with its curator and CHM director of curatorial affairs Joy L. Bivins and legendary blues harmonica player and singer Billy Branch. Enjoy live music and take in photographs that documented a community of musicians who were defining a distinctive sound around the city in their homes, recording studios, and neighborhood clubs. Discover how the blues were shaped by the Great Migration, how the music captured the challenges of being a newcomer in an urban environment, and how musicians like Branch have carried on that legacy and continue to define the Chicago blues sound.
Tell Me More: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join director of curatorial affairs Joy L. Bivins in a conversation about the Museum’s new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exhibition, which focuses on his time in Chicago protesting racial discrimination. Hear about the photographs and artifacts featured in the exhibition, as well as additional items in our collection. The presentation is followed by a Q+A and the opportunity to share your memories about Dr. King’s visit to Chicago.
Member Event: House History Workshop
Curious about your home's history? Want to learn more about your neighborhood? Space is limited. RSVP required.
Member Event: Exhibition Preview Amplified Chicago Blues
Be the first to see Amplified! Hear the stories from CHM director of curatorial affairs Joy L. Bivins as she leads gallery tours. Enjoy music by the Chicago Blues All-Stars, food served at historic clubs, and a special drink associated with Chicago Blues.