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Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
Kris Nesbitt (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Fire! The Great Chicago Fire at 150

Implementation of a permanent exhibition and accompanying public programs analyzing how the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 shaped the city.

The Chicago History Museum requests support for a landmark permanent exhibition revives the story of the Great Chicago Fire 150 years after it ravaged the city in 1871. CHM will draw on extensive resources to translate our humanities scholarship for children in our target age group of 7-13 and their adults. Comprehensive front-end research on serving family audiences in the history museum setting, an unparalleled collection of artifacts and primary source documents from the Great Fire, and institutional and scholarly expertise on a topic with proven appeal across generations position us for success. The exhibition, its programs and media will support three experience goals: 1) Connect visitors and program participants to the history and relevance of the Great Chicago Fire; 2) Inspire civic and social-emotional learning among youth through historical inquiry 3) Foster intergenerational engagement with intellectually and emotionally resonant historical content.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Urban History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$376,503 (approved)
$376,503 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2024