Westchester Public Library
On Thursday November 12, 2020, Forgotten Chicago and the Westchester Public Library are proud to present a virtual presentation on the little-known history of presidential and first ladies sites in the Chicago area. This lively presentation will dive deep into many little-known sites, past and present.
Outside of Washington D.C., no other city in the United States has had a bigger impact on presidential and first lady history than Chicago, from the first Republican National Convention in 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln to President Obama’s farewell public address at McCormick Place in 2017. With only a handful of exceptions, few of these sites are commemorated, and most have been demolished with little attention or protest.
The White House
The Chicago region is notorious for not protecting or preserving sites related to presidential and first lady history, including the only Chicago home of the only president born in Illinois, demolished in 2013. Several Chicago area sites related to the Lincoln family were demolished in the 1950s and only one site remains today, as seen above.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Central.
This virtual event is free, and you do not need a Westchester Public Library card to view this presentation. Advance registration required; visit this page to register.
We look forward to seeing you at this event!
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