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Lewis history professor speaks at Lockport Gallery today

12/9/2013, 10:46 p.m.
Lewis University History Professor Dennis Cremin will discuss his new book, “Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard” at ...
Lewis University History Professor Dennis Cremin

Lewis University History Professor Dennis Cremin will discuss 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,” Cremin said. “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. 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 more information on this and other events, contact Jennifer Jaskowiak at (815) 838-7400.