"The Chicago Tradition" -- ULCC History and "Chicago by the Book" | Kim Coventry, Carl Smith, and Will Hansen

  • 05/21/2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Union League Club of Chicago: George N. Leighton Library, 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604

The Caxton Club’s "Chicago by the Book" profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago from the past 170 years that have helped define the city and its image. Each title is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile. There is a common thread of people and events from the 140 years of ULCC history throughout "Chicago by the Book." Our presenters and moderator will be pulling three of those threads.

Kim Coventry, Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and co-chair of Caxton Club’s Publications Committee on the selection process for the 101 publications and R.R. Donnelley’s Lakeside Classics. On display will be the ULCC’s complete set of the series.

Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University, on "The Plan of Chicago, 1909" by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett. On display will be ULCC archival materials related to the Plan and Burnham.

Will Hansen, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana at the Newberry Library, on the "Chicago Railroad Fair Official Guide Book and Program" for the Pageant “Wheels a-Rolling” in 1948. On display will be archival materials and artifacts from ULCC member involvement in the railroad industry and decades-old Railway Supply Group.

The reception with book sales and signing starts at 5:30 pm followed by the program at 6:00 pm. We will continue selling books and the authors will be available for signing after the program at 7:00 pm. The price is $20 per person for non-members. Reservations and/or tickets are required. Please note that for Library Events, Union League Club of Chicago adheres to a "business casual"dress code which allows dress denim but no t-shirts or athletic wear. Please share the dress code with your guests. Call Club Services if you have any questions. 800-443-0578.

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