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Upcoming History, Genealogy, and Social Science Seminars

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waiting list.
Swab Your Cheek: DNA Kinship Results
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maas

Get the most out of your mtDNA, Y-DNA and atDNA test results. We will learn which biological components are tested, who in your immediate family the tests apply to, how to interpret the test results, how to prepare accredited lineage charts, network to find cousins, prepare spreadsheets for results comparisons, and join free project groups. This seminar also includes a private, five-minute “...


Starting: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Saturdays, November 8 - 15
Mandate for Mobilization: The Franco-Russian Alliance and World War I
Led by Joseph Harrington

It is common to blame Germany and/or Austria-Hungary for World War I, but renowned American diplomat and scholar George Kennan had a different interpretation. In his study of the 1894 alliance between France and Russia, Kennan ruefully reflected on how those countries committed themselves to military mobilization at the expense of diplomatic flexibility, virtually guaranteeing a European war....


Starting: Saturday, November 15, 2014
November 15 - 22 (November 22 session will meet at the Garfield Park Conservatory)
Tour of Garfield Park Conservatory
Led by John Raffetto

The Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s West Side was the concept of Prairie School landscape architect Jens Jensen. At the time of its completion in 1908, the conservatory was considered revolutionary for the presentation of its plant collection, including its themed rooms such as the beautifully designed Fern Room. We will focus on the history, as well as the current and future usage, of...