The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Eiffel Tower. In America, the first such postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, will present a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards. In addition to providing an overview of picture postcards and how they fit into Illinois history, Katherine will show examples of vintage McHenry County to illustrate points in her presentation.
This program will be co-produced by MCIGS in partnership with Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which invites Illinois authors, artists and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs in their communities.
Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do no necessarily reflect those of the HEH, Illinois Humanities IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.