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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All events are free, donations appreciated.