The Chicago Genealogical Society invites you to attend our first Saturday of the month program this Saturday, May 7th. Our program will be The Emmett Till Murder: City Desk and World Headlines. Our speaker will be Professor Elliott J. Gorn.

Newspapers all over the world covered the Emmett Till murder and trial in 1955. But it was also a local event involving family and regional history in Chicago and the Mississippi Delta. In other words, it was a little story and a very big one at once. We’ll explore the story itself and the sources for understanding it. Our speaker Elliott J. Gorn is Professor of American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago and has a distinguished record of scholarship, publication and excellence in teaching.  His books and articles embrace multiple aspects of urban and American culture, particularly the history of various social groups in American cities since 1800. Professor Gorn has developed strong relationships with Chicago cultural institutions in recent years. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library from 1995-2013. Come hear about Chicago history in the 1950’s when your ancestors were living here.

This free program will be at the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton, Chicago, and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Newberry does not have a visitor parking lot. However there is metered parking and garage parking available in the neighborhood. The following garage offers discounted parking to Newberry patrons. Remember to bring your parking ticket with you so it can be validated by the Newberry security guard. 100 West Chestnut Street: Enter on Clark Street; $11 (0-6 hours) and $13 (6-8 hours). There is also several public transportation option to get to the Newberry.

We hope you can join us!

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