Black Women and Patriotism: From Ida B. Wells to Michelle Obama
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Black Women and Patriotism: From Ida B. Wells to Michelle Obama

In celebration of Black History Month, Glessner House will co-host author, speaker and educator Michelle Duster in a lecture at Second Presbyterian Church. Her writing includes nine books. She co-edited Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change, co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream, plus wrote and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells -  Ida In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad. Her most recent book that she co-edited is Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls.

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Frances Glessner Lee Birthday Gala
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Frances Glessner Lee Birthday Gala

Glessner House will launch Frances Glessner Lee Week with this black-tie dinner party held in the coach house and dining room. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and a special program about Frances Glessner Lee. Also included is a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of her newly restored bedroom and an award presentation to the generous donor who made the restoration possible.

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Anatomy of a Restoration
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Anatomy of a Restoration

Restoration of historic buildings requires an extensive tool kit. Part art, part science, and entirely creative, accurate restoration involves planning, research, engineering, recreation, preservation, and much more. This presentation will examine restoration from top to bottom with a deep look at our Fanny Glessner bedroom project, as well as other notable intriguing projects at the house.

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Screening of Mystery Street
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of Mystery Street

Frances Glessner Lee was instrumental in launching the field of forensic science through her endowment of the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1932 (the first in the country). In 1950, director John Sturges’ film noir classic Mystery Street, starring Ricardo Montalban, featured the Harvard forensics department in the solution of a diabolical murder and blackmail detective story. Popcorn included!

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Murder in a Nutshell: A Frances Glessner Lee Whodunit Event!
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Murder in a Nutshell: A Frances Glessner Lee Whodunit Event!

You are invited to become the detective as we venture deep inside Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Using Lee’s written crime scene descriptions and detailed photographs, members of the audience will work together to unravel the clues Lee placed in the models and try to determine - was it suicide, accidental death, or murder??

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception with live jazz music, appetizers from local restaurants, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue  Walking Tour
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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