2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Unearthing Chicago

Department or Major

Nogulich: SOAN and Communication

Grebner: SOAN and Politics

Gyaltshen: SOAN and Business

Gurholt: SOAN and Biology

Location

Lillard 048

Abstract

How can we understand the lives of ordinary Chicagoans by looking at what they left behind? Drawing from recent excavation and laboratory analysis of the Gray-Cloud House and Mecca Flats sites, we discuss the ways that archaeological and historical analysis of Chicago can challenge, reframe, and expand our understandings of daily life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our sites are the 1856 Gray-Cloud House, a home that purportedly operated as a station on the Underground Railroad, and Mecca Flats (1891–1952), a now-demolished apartment building in the heart of Bronzeville and a socially significant site for Chicago’s African-American community.

Presentation Type

Group Talk

Start Date

4-9-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

4-9-2019 3:45 PM

Panel

Unearthing Chicago

Panel Moderator

Rebecca Graff

Field of Study for Presentation

African American Studies, American Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Urban Studies

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Apr 9th, 2:30 PM Apr 9th, 3:45 PM

Unearthing Chicago

Lillard 048

How can we understand the lives of ordinary Chicagoans by looking at what they left behind? Drawing from recent excavation and laboratory analysis of the Gray-Cloud House and Mecca Flats sites, we discuss the ways that archaeological and historical analysis of Chicago can challenge, reframe, and expand our understandings of daily life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our sites are the 1856 Gray-Cloud House, a home that purportedly operated as a station on the Underground Railroad, and Mecca Flats (1891–1952), a now-demolished apartment building in the heart of Bronzeville and a socially significant site for Chicago’s African-American community.