Free events Newberry Library.
Where: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, (312) 943-9090. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Click on links below to register then scroll down to bottom on registration page to find registration link.
When: See dates below.
Free events Newberry Library
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Refreshments at 3:45pm, presentation at 4 pm-5pm Newberry Colloquium Commemorating the Reformation—Music’s Role in Celebrating 1617 in Dresden
Saturday, March 7, 2020 10 am to 3:30 pm Foodways of the Midwest A Roundtable Discussion Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
These days, “Midwestern cuisine” is likely to evoke brats, gelatin-based salads, hot-dish casseroles, and perhaps a few regional specialties like deep dish pizza or deep-fried cheese curds. But the region’s culinary history is far more complex than these stereotypes suggest.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 1 to 3 pm Film Screening: Drunktown’s Finest First Nations Film and Video Festival Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
In the third installment of the First Nations Film and Video Festival, we feature a screening of Sydney Freeland’s coming-of-age drama Drunktown’s Finest (2014). On the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people—a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous and gorgeous trans person—search for love and acceptance.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6 to 7 pm Photographic Memory: Carlos Javier Ortiz Reflects on Jun Fujita’s Iconic Images Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
In this program, director, documentary photographer, and cinematographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will reflect on the legacy of Jun Fujita’s Chicago photos.
Monday, March 16, 2020 6 pm: Program; 7 pm: Book signing Louise Erdrich on The Night Watchman Meet the Author: Louise Erdrich
Join the National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) as she discusses her latest book, The Night Watchman.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6 to 7 pm Imagining the End: Thoughts on Mourning, Happiness, and Radical Hope Part II: Good Mourning in Gettysburg and Hollywood Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Jonathan Lear of the University of Chicago delivers the second of three lectures on how our fears of catastrophe—from climate crisis to political collapse—shape the ways we imagine the ends and purposes of human life.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 10 am to 4 pm Irish Genealogy Research Program Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins and outs of genealogical research focused on the Emerald Isle.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 9 to 10 am Newberry 101: An Introduction to Research at the Newberry Free and open to all. No ticket required.
Interested in exploring the Newberry’s vast collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and primary sources but not sure where to start? Then this session is for you. In an informal orientation, Newberry librarians will introduce you to the Newberry and break down how to use our collection.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 6 to 7:30 pm Typography in the Midwest Bill Moran and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
Since its founding in 2000, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has been a national center for print and type history. In this talk, the museum’s directors, Bill and Jim Moran, will discuss the museum’s historical and contemporary role in fostering type design and production in the Midwest.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 10 am to 12 noon Slinging Ink: A Wood Type and Letterpress Workshop Bill Moran and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
Timeline of the Newberry Library
- 1833 Walter Loomis Newberry moves to Chicago.
- 1868 Walter Loomis Newberry dies at sea.
- 1871 Great Chicago Fire destroys Newberry’s personal library.
- 1887 Bequest of about $2.2 million from Newberry’s estate founds the Newberry Library after all of Newberry’s immediate heirs pass away. Library founded with the requirement that it be a “free, public library.” William Frederick Poole named the Newberry’s first president and librarian.
- 1887 The Newberry first opens in a temporary building on LaSalle Street.
- 1888 The Newberry moves to East Ontario Street, and two years later to Oak and State Streets.
- 1889 Count Pio Resse’s music library acquired. Originally consisting of 751 items, the music collections at the Newberry number at least 200,000 today.
- 1890 Henry Probasco’s library acquired. Probasco’s library contained many of the gems the Newberry is known for today, including the first Shakespeare Folio, many incunabula, and two Grolier bindings, among other treasures.
- 1892 The Newberry is officially incorporated.
- 1893 Building on West Walton finished; the library moves into its permanent home in November 1893.
- 1894 Poole dies. At the time of Poole’s death, the Newberry owned around 120,000 books and 44,000 pamphlets. John Vance Cheney becomes the Newberry’s second librarian, and brings with him Alexander J. Rudolph, his assistant. Rudolph invents Rudolph binders and Rudolph indexer catalogs. In-house bindery created.
- 1901 The Newberry acquires the Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte collection in linguistics, an 18,000-item collection.
- 1909 W. N. C. Carlton becomes the third Newberry librarian. He does away with the Rudolph indexer.
- 1911 Edward E. Ayer, member of the first Board of Trustees, gives his collection of 14,000 printed and manuscript items to the library. In later years he will continue to add to it and give three endowed funds for its maintenance. Today it stands at more than 100,000 volumes.
- 1912 John M. Wing donates his personal collection on printing history to the Newberry, along with funds to expand this collection. It now contains more than 30,000 volumes and thousands of manuscript pages.
- 1920 George Burwell Utley named the fourth librarian at the Newberry.
- 1920s Intensive collecting of incunabula begins, expanding to some 2,200 items today.
- 1930 Rare Book Room created.
- 1937 Newberry Trustee William B. Greenlee donates his Portuguese library.
- 1942 Stanley Pargellis becomes the Newberry’s fifth librarian. Pargellis is credited for broadening the scope of the library’s collections, as well as expanding scholarly and public programming.
- 1962 Lawrence W. Towner named the sixth Newberry librarian. Towner expands conservation and research programs.
- 1963 Special Collections department created.
- 1964 Purchase of Louis H. Silver collection. Newberry Trustee Everett D. Graff donates his personal library of Western Americana.
- 1964-65 First fundraising efforts for the Newberry, resulting in $1.5 million.
First Newberry Library Seminar, centered on renaissance studies, takes place.
- 1971 Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography created, after a proposal from President Towner, who saw Italian map collections and wanted one at the Newberry.
- Center for Family and Community History, now known as the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, founded.
- 1972 D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies founded.
- 1975 Position of Vice President created, and James Wells named first vice president. Later, multiple Vice President offices were created to oversee departmental divisions.
- Conservation Department created through union of production binding and Conservation Laboratory.
- 1979 Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies founded through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
- 1982 Stack Building completed.
- 1985 Newberry Trustee Rudy Lamont Ruggles donates his library to the Newberry. First annual Book Fair held.
- 1986 Charles T. Cullen named president and librarian. Bughouse Square Debates begin in their current form.
- 1987 Exhibition and publication of Humanities Mirror marks the Newberry’s centennial.
- 1990 Newberry receives a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to establish an archive of the library’s institutional records.
- 1994 Center for Public Programs created.
- 1998 Exterior of Newberry washed. The exterior, blackened with the city residue since its construction, was restored to its original color. A new, red tile roof was installed in 2008.
- 2003 The Time Traveler’s Wife, written by Audrey Niffenegger, hits bookstore shelves. The main character, Henry, is a time traveler who works at the Newberry.
- 2003 Queen Elizabeth I quadracentennial exhibition is the most visited in Newberry history.
- 2005 David Spadafora named president and librarian.
- 2007 National Medal for Library Service awarded to the Newberry by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- 2012 125th Anniversary of the Newberry.