Chicago’s Greatest Year

Today was the monthly meeting for the Chicago Genealogical Society, and we moved from talking strictly genealogy to discussing history. The board members of the society were very excited to for this presentation, because the book was great (so I have heard, I still need to read it). Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis by Joseph Gustaitis takes a look back at the World’s Fair and other things that were from 1893.

The lecture was a bit different from what a genealogical society usually has, the was more interactive and all about Chicago. CGS meets monthly at the Newberry Library and on a good day we can get up to fifty people there for a meeting. Because we switched the topic up a bit (and Newberry sponsored this program with with us), I estimate that we had close to ninety people in attendance. With this amount of people in the room, the interactive discussions worked well. As a lecturer myself, I sometimes wonder how an interactive presentation will work in the genealogical community. It went well!

At the end of the lecture CGS announced their Beginning Genealogy meetings that will start on Saturday, November 15th (from 2pm – 4 pm) at the Harold Washington Library, on the eighth floor. It was great to be able to make this announcement to a large group and it looks like we will have a few people that will be joining us for this meeting. If you are in the area and interested in learning more about starting your family genealogy, please join CGS at the Harold Washington Library.


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