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Sunday, April 28
Stars, Stripes & Strategy: A Brief History of the Presidential Campaign Poster
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Join Elmhurst History Museum Executive Director Dave Oberg for a sweeping analysis of more than two centuries of famous and infamous presidential campaign posters and the underlying strategies that drove them. Explore images of iconic campaign posters and even a few local stories of presidents and presidential candidates who visited Elmhurst over the years.
When the World Came to Chicago: The 1893 Columbian Exposition
Time: 2-3 p.m.
FREE to Members, $5 Non-Members
The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition is often credited with putting Chicago on the international map, and citizens have long been fascinated with the fascinating details of this amazing fair that welcomed more than 27 million visitors. Al Walavich, a lifelong Chicagoan, tour guide, local historian, and collector will share stories about the planning, construction, and celebration of the fair along with his personal collection of photos and memorabilia. Walavich is a Chicago tour guide who presents the Devil in the White City Tour for the Chicago History Museum and architectural history tours on the Chicago River.
What is your very first amusement park memory? Whether it was riding the Bobs and Parachutes at Riverview or the Little Dipper at Kiddieland, iconic Chicagoland amusement parks wind their way through our memories. Join Craig Burda, Director of the National Amusement Park Historical Association, archivist Jim Abbate, and photographer Bruce Cassi as they share slides and stories from several Chicago area parks of yesteryear.