Chicago Public Library--Harold Washington Library Center - From Swampland to Presidential Center: The History of Jackson Park (Chicago Open Archives)

  • 13 Oct 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections Reading Room, 9th Floor, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Throughout many of Illinois's 200 years, Chicago's Jackson Park has been an important site to the city, Illinois, and the world. Join Chicago Public Library Special Collections to explore the history of the South Side gem. Drawing on unique archives, we'll look at the early plans for Jackson Park, its development as host of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, its post-Fair changes into a permanent home for the Museum of Science and Industry and recreation grounds for citizens, its role in Cold War missile defense, and preparations for the Obama Presidential Center. From Lake Michigan beaches to meadows to prairie, from the 19th century to the present, Jackson Park is Illinois history.

This event is free. 

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