The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire



Location: Online via Zoom, Wheaton, IL 60189
Start Date/Time: November 19, 2020 - 12pm
End Date/Time: November 19, 2020 – 1pm

When Juliette Kinzie first visited Chicago in 1831, it was anything but a city. An outpost in the shadow of Fort Dearborn, it had no streets, no sidewalks, no schools, no river-spanning bridges. And with two hundred disconnected residents, it lacked any sense of community. In the decades that followed, not only did Kinzie witness the city’s transition from wild country to industrial center, but she was instrumental in its development. Kinzie is one of Chicago’s forgotten founders. Early Chicago is often presented as “a man’s city,” but women like Kinzie worked to create an urban and urbane world, often within their own parlors. Join North Central College history professor Ann Keating as she shares this fascinating look at Juliette Kenzie’s Chicago. Registration required. Free. Online via Zoom.

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