Lewis University History Professor Dr. Dennis Cremin will speak on his new book, “Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.
“In this gallery talk, I’ll be highlighting aspects of the book, but I’ll also reflect a bit on my creative process,” said Cremin. “As one can imagine, I went through many drafts, revised my core questions and adjusted for new findings or dead ends.”
In 1836, Chicagoans set aside the narrow shoreline as public ground and declared it “forever open, clear, and free.” In his book, Cremin reveals that despite such noble intent, the transformation of the land to today’s Grant Park was a gradual process, riddled with obstacles and stumbling blocks.
This after-hours event is part of the “Sketches, Journals, Preparations … Everything in Place” exhibition, which runs through April 13, 2014. The exhibit focuses on the preparatory materials kept at hand–diagrams, discoveries, studies and ephemera–both inspiring and documenting the creative process.
The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building at 201 West 10th Street in Lockport, Ill. Museum admission is free and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For additional information on this and other events, contact Jennifer Jaskowiak at 815-838-7400.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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