DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago, IL
Posted by: adgorn
N 41° 47.526 W 087° 36.437
16T E 449543 N 4626871
Quick Description: The DuSable Museum, the first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Americans of African descent for more than 46 years.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2010 1:20:42 PM
Waymark Code: WM94QY
From their website:
"The DuSable Museum of African American History located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Washington Park unites art, history and culture.
Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States. Developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent, it is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The DuSable Museum is proud of its diverse holdings that number more than 15,000 pieces and include paintings, sculpture, print works and historical memorabilia. Special exhibitions, workshops and lectures are featured to highlight works by specific artists, historic events or collections on loan from individuals or institutions.
Chicago is a city rich in African-American History and the Museum is named for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who in 1779 established the trading post and permanent settlement which would become known as… Chicago.
Permanent exhibits at the DuSable Museum include: “A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,“ “Paintings / Drawings / Sculptures: Masterpieces from the DuSable Museum Collection,“ “Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces“ and “Africa Speaks.” Programming for families and children includes musical performances, film festivals, arts and crafts workshops, lectures, book signings, and special events.
The DuSable Museum remains a community institution dedicated to serving the cultural and educational needs of our members. Our research, curatorial and educational divisions are committed to listening and responding to these needs, as well as the ever-increasing demands of art and cultural historians, and patrons nationwide."
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African American History with a Chicago focus
740 East 56th Place
in Washington Park
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Food Court: no
Gift Shop: yes
Hours of Operation:
*Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm
* Closed Mondays between June 1 and January 2 (except school holidays)
Cost: 3.00 (listed in local currency)
Museum Size: Small
Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]
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