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Book Talk: Historian Carl Smith on Chicago’s Great Fire
Jun 22
Virtual Event

Book Talk: Historian Carl Smith on Chicago’s Great Fire


2021 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Join author Carl Smith as he discusses his new work of nonfiction, Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City.

Despite being one of the most cataclysmic disasters in U.S. history, remarkably no carefully researched popular history of the Fire has been written until now. Reaching past the popular myths that surround this legendary event, historian Carl Smith recounts the devastating destruction of a young Chicago and the extraordinary recovery that followed. In doing so, Smith introduces his readers to a series of memorable characters and stories both known and unknown. Program attendees can purchase Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City through Barbara’s Bookstores. Use the code ‘EVENT’ and receive a 10% discount.

Price: $12 public, $8 CAC members, $8 students


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