Lecture Series

June 21st

 "The Great Chicago Fire" by Ginger Frere, MLIS Newberry Scholar-in-Residence

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most significant events in the history of the city. Though the fire was one of the largest disasters of the 19th century, the rebuilding helped develop Chicago into one of the most important cities in the United States. Some of the questions that will be answered. How was the Second Presbyterian Church and its members impacted by the fire? What was it like for Chicagoans in the days following the fire? Finally, over 145 years later, what is the legacy of the fire for the city of Chicago?

September 27th

"On the Trail of William Morris" by Howard Tiffen

A multi-media glimpse of Morris, his homes, his philosophy, his internal conflicts and his windows!....and how Morris came to influence the design and decoration of Historic Second Church

All lectures are held at Second Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception with light refreshments and docent-guided tours of the sanctuary at 6:00pm.  $10 suggested donation.


*All photos by Martin Cheung unless otherwise noted
*Interior sanctuary photo by James Caulfield