Chicago History Museum

Grant Type: Program/Project

Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Organization Overview:

Founded in 1856, the Chicago History Museum (CHM) is a leader among historical societies in the United States. Over the past decade, CHM has aimed to include the breadth of Chicago’s communities in line with its mission “to share Chicago’s stories.” CHM points to recent exhibitions and education programs, including Catholic Chicago and Shalom Chicago, to demonstrate the institution’s commitment to Chicago’s diverse communities.

Program Overview:

The Muslim Chicago Project will culminate in a major exhibition in fall 2019. Proposed activities in 2018 include the hiring of a full-time Curatorial Assistant, the collection of oral histories from the Muslim community, the establishment of a Community Advisory Council, and the launch of a Teen Historian program.

Request Overview:

A Pillars grant would put CHM closer to hiring a much-needed full-time Curatorial Assistant, specifically from within the Chicago Muslim community, to help the institution build relationships and navigate community dynamics
for the duration of the project.

Year founded: 1856

Location: Chicago, IL