Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Join in the conversation with historian and author Dennis Cremin who will discuss his new book Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard.This event is part of our programming series for the exhibition sketches, journals, preparations. . . Everything In Place.
In 1836, only three years after Chicago was founded, Chicagoans set aside the narrow shoreline as public ground and declared it “forever open, clear, and free.”In Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard, Cremin reveals that despite such intent, the transformation of Grant Park into its present wonder was a gradual process, fraught with many stumbling blocks ranging from funding shortfalls to the challenge of erosion and industrial progress.
Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D., has extensive experience as a public historian, having served as the director of research and public programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Gaylord Building Historic Site and as a state scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council.He is a professor of history at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.Cremin earned his BA at Humbolt State University, California; his MA at Midwestern State University, Texas; and his PhD at Loyola University, Chicago.