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The Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history.
The Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history.

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Museum conservator hard at work on a Norman Norell evening gown from the 1960s, which will be included in our upcoming fashion exhibition, Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile. 

Featuring more than twenty ensembles from our collection, this exhibition will explore the development of North Michigan Avenue into one of the country’s most recognized and renowned destinations for upscale retail. Learn more: http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions/chicago-styled
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Our curator Joy Bivins was interviewed on Chicago Tonight to preview The 1968 Exhibit. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/10/02/1968-exhibit

Opening tomorrow, our exhibition is an immersive historical experience, taking the viewer through a year that would define a country. Learn more: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions/the-1968-exhibit

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Curator Peter Alter examines the controversial 1968 Democratic National Convention, claiming “Chicago experienced a breakdown in the political process.” 

View the interactive exhibition: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/chicago-law-and-disorder/wRHhmq8J?projectId=historic-moments

Learn even more about this influential year in The 1968 Exhibit, opening at the Museum Saturday, October 4! http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions/the-1968-exhibit

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Informal group portrait of baseball players (left to right) Smith, Jeffries, Lyons, and Watwood of the American League’s Chicago White Sox, eating hot dogs, standing at a counter at a hot dog stand at Comiskey Park.

Learn more about this photograph from our collection: http://chicagohistorymuseum.tumblr.com/post/97318570153/informal-group-portrait-of-baseball-players-left

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In September of 1969, eight defendants stood trial in the Federal Building in Chicago, charged with conspiracy to start a riot and disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention. Read more about the Chicago Conspiracy Trial: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/245.html

Learn more about how 1968 was an influential year in The 1968 Exhibit, opening October 4. http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions/the-1968-exhibit

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How do you improve a neighborhood?

In our latest blog post, students from DePaul University’s public history program in collaboration with our archivist Peter Alter analyze a 1910 Chicago Commons map designed to help reform industrial and immigrant neighborhoods now known as River West and Noble Square.

http://blog.chicagohistory.org/index.php/2014/09/nailed-it-chicago-commons-map-1910/
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Do you have your questions ready for #AskACurator Day? Curator of Costumes Petra Slinkard will be taking over our Twitter account on Wednesday to answer your burning Chicago history inquiries. Tweet your questions to @ChicagoMuseum using the hashtag #AskACurator.

Learn more: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/ask-a-curator-day
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We're looking for a few good men! Did you fly, service, or ride in a Huey helicopter during the Vietnam War? Help us reassemble one of the birds for our upcoming show, The 1968 Exhibit. The assembly is set for September 18 at the Museum.

If you're interested, please contact Tamara Biggs at biggs@chicagohistory.org.

Check out this video to see the work at the Minnesota Historical Society, where the exhibition first opened: http://youtu.be/RG6LpPyzrqk

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We’re celebrating Ask A Curator Day next Wednesday with our Curator of Costumes, Petra Slinkard! On this day, she will answer your questions, live on Twitter. Get exclusive insight into her job at the Museum, our historical costume collection, and learn more about our upcoming fashion exhibition, Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile.

Tweet your questions to @ChicagoMuseum using the hashtag #AskACurator.

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/chicagomuseum
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