Lecture Series

February 23, 2017

"The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America" Author Ethan Michaeli will present. Named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2016 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review, The Defender is the definitive and compelling history of the famous Chicago newspaper, headquartered for many years at 2400 S. Michigan Avenue. Author Ethan Michaeli, who worked at The Defender from 1991 to 1996, explores how the newspaper had a broad and significant impact on American life, from encouraging the Great Migration to helping break down barriers of racial segregation.of his book of the same title will be available for purchase. Co-sponsored by Glessner House Museum

April 26, 2017

"Who Painted the Mural on My Stairhall Ceiling?" Judy Koessel, owner of a 1890's house in Riverside will talk about what happened when she asked this question.  What started as a simple question became a detective story as one question led to another and she became immersed in the career of William de Leftwich Dodge and the many murals that he produced, including one for the dome of the Administration Building at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.


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