The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Newberry Library provides a home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, and also to a growing community of readers. Our collections, spanning many centuries, feature a wide range of materials, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to rich genealogical resources, and from early printed books to the personal papers of Midwest authors. The Newberry offers highly acclaimed programs for serious readers: fellowships for scholars, seminars for undergraduates, professional development activities for teachers, and a variety of seminars, lectures, and workshops.

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Centennial Activities

Make Big Plans: Public Progam Series

Newberry Library

This program series designed to complement the Make Big Plans exhibition was created by the Newberry Library, the Burnham Plan Centennial and the Chicago Public Library, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission is free for all programs; no reservations are required. Click on the Venue Name for a program overview, time and venue location. [MORE]

Exhibit : Friday, June 19, 2009 to Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis

Newberry Library

The multi-format exhibition includes a photo-panel exhibit that will be simultaneously displayed at more than 60 libraries and other venues throughout the region from June - December 2009 and an online exhibition and slide show that contains the full list of Make Big Plans exhibit venues. Commemorating the publication of Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. [MORE]

Exhibit : Monday, June 1, 2009 to Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Daniel Burnham in the Philippines

Newberry Library

In the winter of 1904-1905, Chicago architect and future co-author of the Plan of Chicago Daniel Burnham traveled to the Philippines.  He had won a commission from the United States government to develop a new city plan for Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and to create a city plan for a completely new "summer capital," Baguio City, 155 miles to the north of Manila and 5,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Luzon.  The United States gained possession of the Philippines in 1898 as part of its treaty with Spain at the end of the Spanish American War

Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:00pm

From City Beautiful to City Green: Chicago and the Evolution of its Regional Environment

Chicago Public Library

In 1909 in the Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett responded to large problems in the city and its region—problems that included the lack of public open and green spaces, and an ill-coordinated relationship of the city to its region.

Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:00am to noon

Make Big Plans: Curators' Talk and Gallery Walk for Daniel Burnham in the Philippines

Newberry Library

The co-curators of Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis, James R. Akerman and Diane Dillon, discuss the pleasures and challenges of placing Burnham and Bennett's Plan of Chicago in historical perspective, and of capturing both the document's textual and visual meanings. Following the talk, join Newberry Library staff in the Donnelley Gallery for a gallery walk of the Library's Spotlight Exhibition, Daniel Burnham in the Philippines. [MORE]

Monday, December 7, 2009 noon to Tuesday, December 8, 2009 noon

Making Big Plans for the Centennial of the 1909 Plan of Chicago

Newberry Library

This "Chicago Teachers as Scholars" seminar — conducted by the Newberry's Make Big Plans exhibition co-curators James Akerman and Diane Dillon — offers a critical overview of the Plan of Chicago's central themes and its legacy.

Friday, March 27, 2009 8:30am to 2:30pm

Professional Development Workshop for CPS Teachers

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

The Burnham Plan Centennial in collaboration with the DePaul Center for Urban Education and the Chicago Public Schools Office of Literacy, Instruction and Assessment invites third- and eighth-grade and special education teachers to participate in a special day-long workshop that will help teachers to make the city itself a vital part of the curriculum. [MORE]

Seminar: Reading the Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham’s Civic Vision

Newberry Library

Donald H. Whitfield, Director of Higher Education Programs at the Great Books Foundation, leads this five-week seminar. The Plan of Chicago (1909) was based on the conviction of its principle writer, Daniel Burnham, that citizens can intervene in the rush of unplanned urban growth to re-direct Chicago’s physical structure, creating conditions conducive to humane and prosperous living.

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