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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.

 

Today: Larry Bennett, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Join us today for Larry Bennett’s talk on his book, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism.

Bennett is a Professor at DePaul Unviersity in Chicago. The Third City tells the story of Chicago’s remarkable renaissance. Under the auspices of Mayor Daley, the Windy City has become a global tourist destination, its downtown host to such lavish public works as Millennium Park, its urban center utterly transformed and revitalized. Meanwhile, a growing number of middle class professionals working in new economy sectors now occupy the city’s many neighborhoods and comingle with new immigrant streams in enclaves once rigidly defined by race and ethnicity.

The Chicago popularized by Nelson Algren and Mike Royko, the gritty metropolis where the game of machine politics overshadows its ends, the Chicago known as the Second City, has blossomed into what Bennett calls the Third City: a progressive, post-industrial capital of innovations in architecture, music, education, cuisine, and the arts — a place where people want to visit and work and play and live and be.

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 5: Larry Bennett, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Join us this weekend for Larry Bennett’s talk on his book, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism.

Bennett is a Professor at DePaul Unviersity in Chicago. The Third City tells the story of Chicago’s remarkable renaissance. Under the auspices of Mayor Daley, the Windy City has become a global tourist destination, its downtown host to such lavish public works as Millennium Park, its urban center utterly transformed and revitalized. Meanwhile, a growing number of middle class professionals working in new economy sectors now occupy the city’s many neighborhoods and comingle with new immigrant streams in enclaves once rigidly defined by race and ethnicity.

The Chicago popularized by Nelson Algren and Mike Royko, the gritty metropolis where the game of machine politics overshadows its ends, the Chicago known as the Second City, has blossomed into what Bennett calls the Third City: a progressive, post-industrial capital of innovations in architecture, music, education, cuisine, and the arts — a place where people want to visit and work and play and live and be.

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: Gerald Gems, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City

 Join us today for Professor Gerald Gems talk on his book, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City.

Gems is a Professor at North Central College and author of 8 books. He will present on sport and the assimilation of ethnic groups in Chicago, which touches upon a number of the topics in the book and then allow for discussion.

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 4: Gerald Gems, The Chicago Sports Reader:100 Years of Sports in the Windy City

 Join us this weekend for Professor Gerald Gems talk on his book, The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City.

Gems is a Professor at North Central College and author of 8 books. He will present on sport and the assimilation of ethnic groups in Chicago, which touches upon a number of the topics in the book and then allow for discussion.

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.