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Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Description: The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 put Chicago on the map. Rising from the ashes of the Chicago Fire of 1871, a swampland was turned into an educational and entertainment region for the White City. Inventions surfaced, methods of dealing with potential epidemics were developed, and people cam from around the world to learn about cultures they would otherwise never experience. Listeners will find out how this event in Illinois’ history affected personal and educational lives. If your ancestor lived anywhere in the vicinity, chances are he or she attended this monumental event. Chicago is more than the site of a horrendous fire; it rose from the ashes to become a world-famous city. Visitors today can find remnants of the Columbian Exposition all over the region and into Wisconsin so listeners will also find out how to connect personally to this exciting part of Illinois history. “The hog butcher of the world” literally became the leader of the world for six months at the end of the 19th century.