Chicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division, Harold Washington Library Center

When: Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Capacity: Maximum 25, Minimum 3

Description: Join us for a tour of the Chicago Public Library's Special Collections and Preservation Division. Located just off of the Winter Garden on the top floor of the Harold Washington Library Center, the Division collects in the fields of Chicago history and Illinois in the Civil War. Staff will discuss recent projects (digitizing 19th-century playbills, photographing Civil War artifacts, and managing born-digital construction photographs ofMillennium Park). After a show-and-tell of collection highlights in the Reading Room, guests will be given an advanced look at the new exhibit based on the One Book, One Chicago Program, one of the most successful reading projects in the country.

Directions: The Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, is easily accessible via public transportation. Both the #146 and #6 CTA buses stop at the corner of Van Buren and State Street. Also, the Chicago Public Library has a stop on the Brown, Pink, Purple, and Orange “L” lines.

Contact: Glenn Humphreys,, 312.747.1941