9:30 am - 12:30 pm
“History” was everywhere at the World’s Columbian Exposition, the gigantic world’s fair staged in Chicago in 1893. The fair commemorated a historic anniversary (the arrival of Columbus in America), its buildings emulated the grandeur of classical and Renaissance architecture, and the halls were filled with exhibits that traced the history of the world and the progress of mankind. In the years since 1893, the history of the exposition has fascinated historians and the general public alike. Yet, much as the fair itself romanticized the past, our understanding of the event has been clouded by images and narratives that mythologize the fair and the people who built it – most recently, Erik Larson’s The Devil and the White City. In this seminar, participants will explore the exposition’s complex relationship to history and its place in the popular imagination, including a critical discussion of Erik Larson’s The Devil and the White City.
Seminar led by Diane Dillon, The Newberry
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium is a subscription program open to Chicago-area teachers.