IN-PERSON - Writing a Personal Urban History: The Importance of Genealogy and Local History for Understanding US History


Thursday, March 9, 2023

6:00 PM to

Central Time (US & Canada)


This program is free and open to all; free tickets required. The registration period has closed for this event.


Academic historians have sometimes struggled to understand how local and family histories illuminate national histories. Are they just exceptional, or can they provide new insights into some of the most challenging historical questions? Leslie M. Harris is among a group of historians who have turned to their own family and personal experiences as inspiration for writing history. The Newberry's collections on local history and genealogy provide a productive intellectual context for her work.

In this program, Dr. Harris will discuss with the Newberry's Daniel Greene what it means for her, as a professional historian, to turn to her own and her family's life as an inspiration for writing history.

The David L. Wagner Distinguished Lectureship for Humanistic Inquiry Series is funded by David L. Wagner and Renie B. Adams.


We look forward to seeing attendees at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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