Today’s 175 Days to Love Chicago entry celebrates the Chicago Metro History Fair Blue Ribbon Student Exhibition, which will be held at the Newberry Library. Showcasing in-depth research projects from across the metropolitan area, the Exhibition launched on June 23rd and runs through July 18th. More than three dozen projects were selected for this exhibit, all of which interpret Chicago history from the perspective of local students Te Fair itself is hosted by the Chicago Metro History Education Center, for which this is their annual signature event. The Center also offers yearlong support for teachers and students, of which I had to send the links for their toolkit and curriculum materials to a friend who teaches elementary school (relax, this month he is participating in a fellowship program to teach students about Abraham Lincoln’s political life in Illinois — I know he’d be interested in learning more about this too).
However, having lived here for nearly four years, and given that I owned a library card within five days of taking residence, it is a bit strange that I’ve never visited this research library. I know the difference amongst libraries after my days spending too much time with graduate students that were completing library science degrees while I worked a student worker job at the Don L. Love Memorial Library during my undergrad days at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including the unique role of these private research libraries. Today will be the day to visit though, as my mom is visiting and we need someplace to meet that is easy for her to find (she’s staying with my brother, who lives at Patterson and Clark), and they have various exhibitions to check out. And then we can go a bit back further in time to visit the Genghis Khan Exhibit at the Field Museum. Now that sounds like a good Chicago day!