With this exhibition, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries celebrate the Caxton Club's recent publication, Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image (University of Chicago, 2018). Founded in Chicago in 1895, the Caxton Club is a society of booklovers committed to promoting and supporting the art of the book. Chicago by the Book profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago that have helped define the city and its image. While these books mainly document the history of the city, several also served as agents of change.
Many of the works featured in Chicago by the Book are held in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' extensive 130-year-old collection. From the construction of the museum’s Michigan Avenue building during the 1893 Columbian Exposition to the present day, the Art Institute is both a product of the city’s evolution and a contributor to its history. The selections from the library and archival collections on display in this exhibition highlight defining moments in the city's growth and illustrate how the museum is deeply entwined in Chicago's past.
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John Crichton will share with us the story of Anton Roman and his Midas touch. Coming to California from Bavaria in 1849, Roman found gold and traded that success to become one of the most prosperous booksellers in the American West. Soon he was one of its most distinguished publishers, releasing the early works of Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and many others who migrated to California during its formative years. Through his publications Roman promoted the resources and culture of California, taking its story East and romanticizing and mythologizing the Golden State in America’s imagination. John has his own Golden State bookshop, The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Rare Book School. He has been the president of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America and the Book Club of California and vice president of the Bibliographical Society of America.
March Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6 pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $63.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, Monday, March 18. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to welcome Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of “There Are No Children Here” to talk about his new book “An American Summer,” a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods. Joining him in conversation will be Ben Austen, author of “High Risers,” a classic work of literary non-fiction telling the timely and epic story of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, America’s most iconic public housing project.
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 athetic wear. Please share the dress code with your guests. Call Club Services if you have any questions. 800-443-0578.
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Eric White, Curator of Rare Books at the Princeton University Library, will discuss his latest book Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible. For his work Dr. White was awarded the DeLong Book History Prize given annually to the author of the best book on any aspect of script or print published in the preceding year. Among its achievements his handsomely-illustrated book traces the ownership history of every known copy of Gutenberg’s Bible. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale and signing for $125 each. Dr. White has specialized in early European printing and joined Princeton in 2015 after 18 years as Curator of Special Collections at Southern Methodist University.
April Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6 pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $63.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, Monday, April 15. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Archives Subcommittee is proud to present a special screening of the film “Rosenwald,” to honor the legacy of ULCC member, Julius Rosenwald. Joining us will be Rosenwald's grandson, Peter Ascoli who will be available to answer questions after the film and sign copies of his book "Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South."
Aviva Kempner’s film tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.
Inspired by the Jewish ideals of "tzedakah" (charity) and "tikkun olam" (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62million in his lifetime.
The reception with book sales starts at 5:30 pm followed by the screening at 6:00 pm. The film runs 96 minutes with a Q&A session after the film. The price is $25 per person for non-members. Reservations and/or tickets are required. Please note that for this event, the Union League Club of Chicago has a "business casual"dress code which does not allow dress denim, t-shirts or athletic wear. Please share the dress code with your guests. Call Club Services if you have any questions. 800-443-0578.
Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org
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