CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM PROGRAMS
ACCESS FOR ALL PREVIEW
The Chicago History Museum is hosting an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The public is invited to a special free exhibition preview from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5.
ACCESS FOR ALL: TOM OLIN’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT
The Chicago History Museum is proud to host an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.
MY WAY TO OLYMPIA
As part of their 60th anniversary, the McCormick Foundation is hosting a number of documentary screenings in partnership with WTTW Channel 11. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, they will screen the documentary, My Way to Olympia at the Chicago History Museum in the newly renovated McCormick Theater on November 16. The documentary follows disabled athletes and their preparations to compete in the 2012 Paralympics. This screening nicely correlates to the Chicago History Museum’s exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen-framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.
ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT
As a part of the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, the Chicago History Museum plans to develop a descriptive tour of their main exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America. The tour would be loosely scripted, allowing for flexibility based on audience interest and questions, and delivered by CHM’s dedicated corps of docents. CHM aims to test a pilot program in November 2015, and revise to hold monthly beginning in January 2016. CHM plans to continue to offer the monthly tour of Crossroads, and hope to expand to include descriptive tours of special exhibitions.
ABOUT CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Their ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.