The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Founded in 1887, Highland Park Public Library celebrates more than a century of service to a community that actively pursues life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.  The quality of its programs, collections, and services makes the Library a popular destination for residents and visitors.

The Highland Park Public Library is pleased to host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis exhibit from June 15 - August 14, 2009. For more information about the exhibit--curated by the Newberry Library--and the list of more than 60 venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan region at which it is on display, to access the exhibit on-line, or learn more about the Make Big Plans series of public programs click here. Information about related programs at the Highland Park Public Library is listed below.

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Centennial Activities

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 7:00pm to 8:00pm

After One-Hundred Years: Daniel H. Burnham and the Plan of Chicago

Highland Park Public Library

Michael H. Ebner, James D. Vail III Professor of American History Emeritus at Lake Forest College presents an illustrated lecture on the lasting impact of Burnham's Plan.  Dr. Ebner will examine Burnham's influence on North Shore development. Photo: Lake Forest College. [MORE]

Exhibit : Friday, June 19, 2009 to Friday, August 14, 2009

Make Big Plans Exhibit

Highland Park Public Library

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett's Plan of Chicago, the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and The Newberry Library are creating a photopanel and digital exhibit entitled Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis. Curated by the Newberry, the exhibit emphasizes the Plan's relevance to metropolitan development through the 20th century and into the future using photographic reproductions of stunning images from the plan and other sources. The Park District of Highland Park celebrates its own centennial in 2009.

Highland Park Public Library

Open to the public:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.


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