January 22, 2023

Today in History: Great Chicago Fire

Today in History–October 8–the Library of Congress features the great Chicago fire, which began on this day in 1871. The fire took at least 300 lives, left nearly a third of the city's residents homeless, and leveled more than 18,000 structures (Encyclopedia of Chicago). Learn more about this fire and others that burnt on the same day in Michigan and Wisconsin by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and resources related to the Chicago … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Which U.S. states had buildings at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago? Label them with their state abbreviations on the map. Describe 10 objects you see on the map; on another page, note the location of each object (hint: use the map coordinates). Pass your object description list to someone and challenge that friend to locate all 10 objects. Compare and contrast this map with photographs of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Do you think the cartographer made … [Read more...]