WHAT: Clarke House Museum – 4th Annual History Symposium Virtue & Vice: Reform in Early Chicago
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Glessner House Museum, Coach House (1800 S. Prairie Ave.)
ADDTL: The program features four noted historians covering topics of Chicago’s past social ills including vice districts, prostitution, political corruption and more.
An exhibit of related artifacts from the Clarke House Museum and LaBarre Family Collections will be on display throughout the day. The day will conclude with a tour of Clarke House Museum.
Admission is $30 per person and includes parking, breakfast and lunch refreshments—and $25 for students, Museum volunteers and docents, and Colonial Dames. Pre-paid reservations are required by calling 312.326.1480. For more information, visit clarkehousemuseum.org and glessnerhouse.org.
Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a family in Chicago during the city’s formative years before the Civil War. Its fascinating history began at a time when Chicago received its city charter and much of the area was still undeveloped prairie. Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church and was moved twice. (During the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks.) The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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