The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Vernon Area Public Library is pleased host the Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis through September 30, 2009.  For more information about the exhibit--curated by the Newberry Library--and the list of over 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.

The Vernon Area Library hopes that the Burnham-related programs throughout Summer and Fall of 2009 will inspire the vision of the Plan’s 100th anniversary within our community.  We hope to educate our community on Burnham’s original Plan of Chicago; and to boldly build upon the past success of his Plan in order to shape the future of Chicago and its suburbs.

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Centennial Activities

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 noon

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Plan Centennial

Vernon Area Public Library District

Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions presents this slide lecture on the Burnham Plan, along with its orgin and sources. Learn about the full scope of the 1909 plan and its relationship to European and American precedents; follow the transition from the 1803 World's Columbian Exposition to the City Beautiful Movement; explore details of the Plan. Registration is required. [MORE]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 noon to 1:00pm

Movers and Shakers of Chicagoland

Vernon Area Public Library District

Who are the movers and shakers that make Chicago - Chicago? See these larger than life personalities come alive in this narrated presentation from Hy Speck, discussing Daniel Burnham, Colonel McCormick, The Everleigh Sisters, Mayor Daly and more. Registration is required. [MORE]

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