Speaker: William Tyre
"Glessner House Museum's 50th Anniversary"
Yes, there will be cake!
The Glessner House Museum is a Prairie Avenue gem, taking visitors to the Gilded Age and beyond. This year marks its 50th anniversary as a museum and we’ll be celebrating with a generously illustrated presentation by executive director and curator Bill Tyre.
John Glessner made his fortune in the farm implement business and was a key figure in the mega-merger that formed a Chicago company that took the name of International Harvester.
The building comes to life as much more than an touchstone Chicago architectural landmark. That’s because Mrs. Frances Macbeth Glessner — bright, engaging, and deeply supportive of the arts — was a faithful diarist, whose writing transports us to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Pioneering educator William Rainey Harper at the University of Chicago approached her in 1893, asking if she could help better to involve faculty wives in the life of the city. In response, Frances began the Saturday Morning Reading Club, which she hosted for nearly 40 years. Fresh research now reveals what these women read and discussed.
Join us as Bill Tyre takes us inside the home, inside the lives of its residents, and inside this one-of-a-kind reading circle. And did we mention … there will be cake?
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30 (in a different room, to be announced).
For reservations call (312)255-3710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservation deadline is noon on Wednesday, November 9.