Lecture Series

April 26, 2017

“Discovering Dodge”
William De Leftwich Dodge, American Muralist (1867-1935)
Judy Koessel, owner of an 1890s Victorian home, will talk about what happened when she asked the question
Who painted the mural on my ceiling?”
What started as a simple question became a detective story as one question led to another. Ms. Kossel became immersed in the life of the artist William De Leftwich Dodge and the array of murals he produced during a long illustrious career, including his most impressive achievement - the Dome of the Administration Building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
The plot thickened as Cook County announced plans to demolish all the homes in her neighborhood to control flooding.
Come to hear Judy’s unique story as she discovered she was living with a treasure from Chicago’s history, and realized she had crossed paths with the artist once before.  Learn why she made the decision to leave her fairy tale dream home, and help her in her journey to find a new home for the mural so it can continue to tell the story of an important piece of Chicago History.

June 21st

 "The Great Chicago Fire" by Ginger Frere, MLIS Newberry Scholar-in-Residence

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most significant events in the history of the city. Though the fire was one of the largest disasters of the 19th century, the rebuilding helped develop Chicago into one of the most important cities in the United States. Some of the questions that will be answered. How was the Second Presbyterian Church and its members impacted by the fire? What was it like for Chicagoans in the days following the fire? Finally, over 145 years later, what is the legacy of the fire for the city of Chicago?

September 27th

"On the Trail of William Morris" by Howard Tiffen

A multi-media glimpse of Morris, his homes, his philosophy, his internal conflicts and his windows!....and how Morris came to influence the design and decoration of Historic Second Church

All lectures are held at Second Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception with light refreshments and docent-guided tours of the sanctuary at 6:00pm.  $10 suggested donation.


*All photos by Martin Cheung unless otherwise noted
*Interior sanctuary photo by James Caulfield