Exploring Life in Pre-fire Chicago | Newberry

Exploring Life in Pre-fire Chicago

Led by Ginger Frere & Matt Rutherford. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesdays, September 19 - October 10

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 7 at 10 am – August 31 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (August 31 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Mark your Calendar!

The Newberry Bookstore will re-open on August 14, and you will once again be able to find most of your assigned books for sale there.

Seminar Description

Think the Fire burned your chance to discover what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Come join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music. Selected primary source readings will further inform our discussions about what life was really like for early Chicagoans.

Four sessions. E - $185, L - $203.50

Ginger Frere, MLS, is a professional researcher and lecturer.
Matt Rutherford, MLS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.