June 25, 2019

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Women, Gender, Feminism, Education

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted. Chicago Women’s Clubs reform (Insane Asylum, Chicago Fire, Juvenile Court, discrimination) Annals of the Chicago Woman's Club … [Read more...]

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...]

Featured Source: 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...]