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Final: 2012 Chicago History Author Series

This is the updated author list and sponsors for the Third Annual Chicago History Author Series!

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2012 Chicago History Author Series

Please click here for a link to the AuthorSeriesBooklet2012


Once Upon a Christmas is tomorrow and Sunday!

Bring the whole family for 19th century Christmas festivities. Come to the Beaubien Tavern for children crafts and the Depot to see Santa! There will be fresh baked apple pie sampling and cookies to enjoy while you look at historically decorated Christmas trees!

Saturday, December 3: 3 to 8pm and Sunday, December 4: 11am to 4pm.


Once Upon a Christmas is next weekend!

Bring the whole family for 19th century Christmas festivities. Come to the Beaubien Tavern for children crafts and the Depot to see Santa! There will be fresh baked apple pie sampling and cookies to enjoy while you look at historically decorated Christmas trees!

Saturday, December 3: 3 to 8pm and Sunday, December 4: 11am to 4pm.


Today (Final Author): Leslie Goddard: Remembering Marshall Field’s

Join us today for Leslie Goddard’s talk on her book, Remembering Marshall Field’s.

Goddard is a historian and author who writes and lectures frequently on American history, with particular expertise in the areas of women’s history and U.S. cultural history. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in women’s studies and American history. She also holds master’s degrees in both museum studies and theater. In addition to her formal teaching experience at several Illinois colleges and museums, she has worked in the field of museum exhibition and interpretation for nearly ten years, currently serving at exhibit developer at The Morton Arboretum.

For more than 150 years, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s leading department store. Shoppers loved the store for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise. Few recalled its origins as a small wholesale and retail dry goods business opened in 1852 by a reserved Quaker named Potter Palmer. That store, eventually renamed Marshall Field & Co, weathered economic downturns, spectacular fires and fierce competition to become a world-class retailer and merchandise powerhouse. Savvy owner Marshall Field sent buyers to Europe for the latest fashions, insisted on courteous service, and immortalized the phrase “give the lady what she wants.” The store prided itself on a string of firsts including the first bridal registry and first author book-signing. Although the name changed in 2006, Chicago’s grande dame of shopping lives on in the Tiffany glass mosaic dome, the Walnut Room restaurant, the bronze corner clocks, and memories of a legendary store. 

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 8 (Final): Leslie Goddard: Remembering Marshall Field’s

Join us this weekend for Leslie Goddard’s talk on her book, Remembering Marshall Field’s.

Goddard is a historian and author who writes and lectures frequently on American history, with particular expertise in the areas of women’s history and U.S. cultural history. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in women’s studies and American history. She also holds master’s degrees in both museum studies and theater. In addition to her formal teaching experience at several Illinois colleges and museums, she has worked in the field of museum exhibition and interpretation for nearly ten years, currently serving at exhibit developer at The Morton Arboretum.

For more than 150 years, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s leading department store. Shoppers loved the store for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise. Few recalled its origins as a small wholesale and retail dry goods business opened in 1852 by a reserved Quaker named Potter Palmer. That store, eventually renamed Marshall Field & Co, weathered economic downturns, spectacular fires and fierce competition to become a world-class retailer and merchandise powerhouse. Savvy owner Marshall Field sent buyers to Europe for the latest fashions, insisted on courteous service, and immortalized the phrase “give the lady what she wants.” The store prided itself on a string of firsts including the first bridal registry and first author book-signing. Although the name changed in 2006, Chicago’s grande dame of shopping lives on in the Tiffany glass mosaic dome, the Walnut Room restaurant, the bronze corner clocks, and memories of a legendary store. 

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Today: Bill Savage, Chicago: City on the Make

Join us today Bill Savage’s talk on the 60th anniversary edition of Chicago: City on the Make.

Originally published by Nelson Algren, Savage will talk about the various versions of the book, about Nelson Algren and most importantly Chicago.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 7: Bill Savage, Chicago: City on the Make

Join us this weekend for Bill Savage’s talk on the 60th anniversary edition of Chicago: City on the Make.

Originally published by Nelson Algren, Savage will talk about the various versions of the book, about Nelson Algren and most importantly Chicago.

The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Today: Gayle Soucek, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

Join us today for Gayle Soucek’s talk on his book, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City.

 The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes. Gayle’s talk will touch on these events and more!

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.


Week 6: Gayle Soucek, Chicago Calamities: Disaster in the Windy City

 The story of Chicago is often likened to that of a phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Yet that infamous event was only part of the destruction that has shaped Chicago’s identity. Discover here the larger narrative of calamities that have befallen the Windy City, such as the 1954 killer water surge that swept in on a calm summer day, the 1967 tornado that ripped through rush hour traffic, the 1886 Haymarket Square riot that put Chicago on the anarchist map and many other acts of nature and human folly. As you witness a fireproof theater burn, a flood rise up without rain and one of the greatest maritime disasters occur within city limits, encounter both unexpected tragedies and unlikely heroes. Gayle’s talk will touch on these events and more!

 The talk will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

All events are free, donations appreciated.