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‘Sometimes We Must Interfere’ exhibit open house and behind-the-scenes tours

September 30, 2016
Credit: Original Artwork by James Ingallino

Credit: Original Artwork by James Ingallino

Please join the Regional History Center (RHC) at their open house on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in celebration of American Archives Month, the opening of the activism exhibit, as well as the Center’s inaugural year of participation in Chicago Open Archives.

The exhibit focuses on how and why people in northern Illinois have promoted change, showcasing collection materials that promote discussions and actions of change such as strikes, labor issues, boycotts, demonstrations and voting behaviors. The exhibit will be on display throughout October in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library. Be sure to also check out the showcase of radical pamphlets and other media outside of Rare Books and Special Collections (4th floor, outside of room 403) who have partnered with the RHC this year in their celebrations.

During the open house, guests are welcome to view the main exhibit in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library and then continue upstairs to the RHC for another small display in room 400. Light refreshments will be provided. 

As part of Chicago Open Archives 2016, the RHC will also be providing behind-the-scenes tours with show-and-tell on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, go to Tours last approximately 45 minutes and begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Please note that tours are subject to a 24-hour prior cancellation due to low registration.

Chicago Open Archives: Yours to Explore, which takes place over three days from Oct. 6-8, is an opportunity to discover unique historical materials and engage with archivists, librarians and curators. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see sites, spaces and materials that are normally not open to the public! For more details visit

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Contact Sarah Cain at 815-753-9394 or [email protected] with any questions.